Sunday, October 21, 2007

Dodd Seizes the Spotlight

This guy (Thers) is absolutely right on both counts. He links to this editorial from the NYTimes, that calls a spade a spade:
It was bad enough having a one-party government when Republicans controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. But the Democrats took over, and still the one-party system continues.
First Thers nails it when it comes to the fact that our democratic leadership is impotent and unbelievably dense, and then gets more points for giving Chris Dodd credit for having some gonads:
I have no idea what it will take for the Democratic leadership to get it through their heads that it's not just the base but also the entire frickin' country that wants them to tell the Bushites to piss off with their waterboarding and their warrantless wiretaps and their dumbass horrible wars, and their lying, and oh yeah, all the damn dead people. How much more appalling could the Congressional poll numbers get? Is this some sort of science project — are they trying to compel statisticians to discover entirely new mathematical methodologies for calculating exactly how much contempt they're held in? America wants a change. OFFER ONE. Is Chris Dodd really the only one among you capable of perceiving the obvious?
As the Poor Man points out, Dodd is showing Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi what leadership actually looks like:
...Dodd has already taken a great risk - both personally and for his constituents in Connecticut - by putting this bill on ‘hold'. A filibuster would be a hundred times worse. Just threatening a filibuster is a total slap in the face to Harry Reid and the rest of the 11%-approval Get Along Gang in Congress, the telecom lobby, and President 24%. Clinton and Obama are probably still arguing about the correct diplomatic etiquette for public discussions of bombing our allies. This strange, shrill and unBroderian spectacle is what was once called "leadership".
Yeah, this may very well be a Hail Mary pass from a candidate who can't seem to be able to break away from the pack. But, since the pack is cowering in a corner, capitulating at every opportunity to a minority party and a lame duck president, this is a hell of great way to try and get the spotlight turned his way.

Bravo.

1 comment:

Chris in Oxford said...

Great post, nice editorial to feature. You're absolutely right - they are cowering in the corner!