No to Bipartisanship, Yes to Investigations and Accountability
by Matt Stoller, Sat Sep 09, 2006 at 12:15:53 PM EDT
Fifty-seven percent of the respondents said they think it would be good for the country "if the Democrats in Congress were able to conduct official investigations into what the Bush administration has done in the past six years." Forty-one percent said such probes would be bad for the country. Half of the sample was asked this question, also.
Chris persuasively discredited the Democracy Corps polling conclusions that Democrats need to lay out a series of detailed plans for energy, Iraq, etc. It isn't just bad politics to lay out plans, it's irresponsible and dishonest to do so. Laying out plans is a promise to voters, and it's obvious that Democrats won't be able to get Bush to adopt Democratic plans in 2007 and 2008, no matter what. So laying out plans is immediately laying out a series of preemptive broken promise.
So what can Democrats offer to voters? Well, a positive agenda, for starters. We often misunderstand what a 'positive agenda' really means. 'Positive agenda' is a Rorschach test type term, a generic set of words that mean whatever you want them to mean. For current hacks in DC, it means to implement programs or 'get something done', which if I were cynical I would point out is another way for them to funnel patronage to their friends. For voters, a positive agenda could very well simply mean investigations, because investigations to find out what's been going on in government are the first step to fixing government.
We still don't know why we went into Iraq. Answering that question definitively would be a very positive agenda. And to get there, we need investigations. Voters agree.