Aug 22 2005
I guess the word ‘implosion’ implies a rapid collapse, where I am using it to refer to internal pressures ready to burst the party apart. The collaps will be quick once the pressure hits a terminal level, but I guess we are not quite there yet. But getting close.
Cindy Sheehan’s leftward fringe comments have lit the liberal base to once again pressure national democrats, with a very good sense of what will not sell to a majority of Americans, to go against their better judgement and begin opposing Bush on his strongest issue – the war on terror. The Washington Post has a great article out today illustrating the rising pressure from the anti-war left looking for champions to their lost cause.
Democrats say a long-standing rift in the party over the Iraq war has grown increasingly raw in recent days, as stay-the-course elected leaders who voted for the war three years ago confront rising impatience from activists and strategists who want to challenge President Bush aggressively to withdraw troops.
Amid rising casualties and falling public support for the war, Democrats of all stripes have grown more vocal this summer in criticizing Bush’s handling of the war. A growing chorus of Democrats, however, has said this criticism should be harnessed to a consistent message and alternative policy — something most Democratic lawmakers have refused to offer.
That is because rooting against a US success in Iraq is political suicide – something the manic leftward fringes could care less about. They don’t want to be popular, they want to be right!
The wariness, congressional aides and outside strategists said in interviews last week, reflects a belief among some in the opposition that proposals to force troop drawdowns or otherwise limit Bush’s options would be perceived by many voters as defeatist. Some operatives fear such moves would exacerbate the party’s traditional vulnerability on national security issues.
Sooner or later the national dems will have to openly distance themselves from Sheehan and her strident cohorts. Once election debates start in races for 2006, there will be no other answer to a republican’s challenge to a democrat to refudiate the Sheehan Moonbats. To not do so would make Lyndon Larouche look like a plausible candidate!!
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