We can't win by offering an alternative of confusion...
by Blue Dreams, Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 07:34:27 AM EST
First of all, just because some conservatives get frustrated with a conservative leader doesn't mean that they are suddenly going to vote for a liberal. I get very frustrated with Democratic leaders but I would never suddenly consider voting Republican.
We HAVE to change minds, not just hope the other side screws up. I see some of you get all excited when the ol' "right track/wrong track" seems to skew against Bush and the Repubs. Did you ever read the internals on those right track/wrong track" opinions? A sizable portion offering a "wrong track" position think the country is on the wrong track because Bush isn't conservative enough!
Many Dems think if Iraq is the main issue this fall the Dems will be greatly helped! WRONG! Not unless we have unified position!
Let's see, what is the Dem position on Iraq these days? Hmmmmm, well we know Murtha and Pelosi want the troops "OUT NOW". Then of course there's Pelosi's right hand man Steny Hoyer who says, "Stay the Course" and "On this I'm with the President". About 1/2 of all Dem officeholders are "stay the course" (Kerry, Hillary, etc.) and the remaining half are just all over the place.
What alternative to Bush's position are we going to be offering in the fall? The Dems are so busy arguing among themselves there's no time to argue with the Reeps.
If someone asked you to state the Republican position on Iraq even the most modest of political followers could easily and accurately do it. I defy anyone to answer this with clarity: what is the Democratic Party's position on Iraq?
I love these liberal sites because they allow me to realize I am not alone (I'm in the business world where finding anything but a conservative Republican is almost impossible). BUT, it embarrasses me how much smoke we blow up each other's asses on these sites. In 2004 about a month before the election everyone on these sites were cautious saying, "Kerry and Bush are darn close". Then this bizarre mania seemed to take over and I remember posters on this site and others predicting a "Kerry Landslide". Who were you people talking to? Do you have no sense of what is going on?
If the Dems don't develop a unified front on Iraq and have policies and ideas other than "I HATE BUSH AND AM AGAINST WHATEVER HE IS FOR" the upcoming midterms will be another disaster. Remember, second term president's party should lose big in the midterm elections. A loss of a few seats in both houses by the Reeps would actually be a landslide victory for them in a midterm.
Anyone who thinks that the senate -- at best -- will wind up anything but exactly as it is now is kidding themselves. And congress, it will be all we can do to pick up a seat or two.
BUT, if we continue like we are -- a muddled mess -- offering a message that is just "WE HATE BUSH", the Reeps will pick up seats in both houses.
I know you'll all hate me now. I guess the truth really does hurt! (and watch the polls. Ol' evil Karl knows what he's doing. They allowed the polls to languish and timed their counteroffensive to peak at election time. They started their counteroffensive a week ago and Bush is climbing steadily in every poll!).
What do you predict most people will vote for:
Reeps: "We toppled an evil dictator and must stay the course to guarantee freedom and establish a democracy that will foster many other democracies in the middle east finally stabilizing the area."
DEMS: "We need to get out now, er...uh... I mean kind of get out... ya know.... look like we're getting out while staying... uh... NOOOO, we need to stay the course... uh... we can stay the course better than Bush... well, actually forget the stay the course thing... let's just get out... slowly... no, right away... or may invisibly... or uh...."
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