I Just Don’t Get It. And I’m Pissed.

5 comments January 31st, 2006at 06:46pm Posted by Eli

I know I’m not the only person perplexed and pissed off about this, but I wanted to get it off my chest nonetheless:

WHY did the Senate Democrats cave on Alito when the President’s approval ratings are in the toilet? What possible political price did they think they would pay for standing up to an unpopular president?

Worse yet, do they not realize just how much this craven capitulation would disgust and alienate their base? When the Democrats are up for election this year and in 2008, what are they going to campaign on if they can’t even say they opposed the Republicans? Are they just going to say that they’ll carry out the Republican agenda more competently and efficiently?

I think this was a huge mistake on every level. They’ve allowed a weak president to push through a hard-right Supreme Court nominee who will sit on the Court for the next 30-40 years. They’ve (once again) sacrificed their credibility as an opposition party. And when the Alito appointment starts bearing bitter and oppressive fruit, they’ve forfeited the right to beat the Republicans over the head with him. As with the invasion of Iraq, how can they make an aggressive campaign issue out of something/someone THEY THEMSELVES VOTED FOR?

I just don’t understand their thinking, I really don’t. I suppose it could be fear of the “nuclear option,” but if they never filibuster for fear of the nuclear option, then the nuclear option is already in effect. By not forcing the issue, they let the Republicans avoid paying any political price at all, either for imposing it, or for conveniently repealing it the second that Democrats retake control of the White House and Senate. Should such a thing ever actually happen.

The only other reason I can think of is some misguided notion of collegiality – that the President is entitled to a large measure of deference in his judicial nominations, but that’s just plain stupid. The Republicans have declared war on the Democrats, the Constitution, and most of the American people, and the Democrats still think they’re playing a genteel game of badminton or croquet. And they act surprised each time they get kicked in the nuts.

Getting back to electoral considerations: Who do you really think most Americans are going to vote for? The party that fights dirty, or the party that doesn’t fight at all? Or, at best, the party that sometimes fights sort-of-halfheartedly if thousands of people scream and yell at them and light their shorts on fire?

It angers and depresses me to see all the dedicated and passionate progressives phoning, writing, and e-mailing their hearts out, trying to influence a sad-sack party establishment that brushes us aside time and time again. It’s like watching a swarm of ants and mosquitos trying to turn aside a blind elephant (or very large donkey, as the case may be) lumbering towards the edge of a cliff. Don’t get me wrong; I’m very glad that our tribe is fighting – I just wish we didn’t have to fight for the attention of our own fucking party. I’ll continue voting Democrat and try to do what I can, but only because there is no other viable alternative.

Alito really was it for me – I have lost the last of what little faith I had left in the Democratic party. I now think it’s a distinct possibility that they will lose seats this year, and just like in 2002 and 2004, they won’t know why. But I will.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Favorites,Judiciary,Politics,Polls,Wankers


  • 1. four legs good  |  February 1st, 2006 at 12:08 am

    Well, I’m with you on this.

    It’s all about being collegial. Fuck that. It hasn’t worked so far.

    It’s time to change the beat.

  • 2. flory  |  February 1st, 2006 at 12:49 am

    Harry Reid said today on the Ed Schultz show that they knew in December that the Alito confirmation was a foregone conclusion.


    Um, Harry? You coulda said NO. Really. It’s allowed. The opposition party is permitted to, y’know…oppose, on occaision. The Invisible Cloud Being didn’t cast those 16 votes against cloture. You did. Your guys. The ones you’re supposed to be leading. In opposition.

    Sometimes it almost seems like Harry gets it. Then he comes out with something like this and you just have to wonder what the fuck kind of thought processes control these bafoons.

    Or maybe its something in the water.

  • 3. oldwhitelady  |  February 1st, 2006 at 8:00 pm

    Cos’ they’re scared sacks of sh*t!

  • 4. Philip Shropshire  |  February 1st, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    Why do we keep thinking that the Democratic Party represents the “people”, or us…

    That was the whole Nader argument. That there’s no difference between the parties, just the ruthless business party vs. the wimpy business party. I didn’t agree with the Nader runs but I thought the premise held some truth…what do you think now? Its not that the Dems lose, its that they fight for nothing. Nothing.

    And of course, the democratic party is split. A third is thrilled with the Republicans getting everything they want. Then there’s the voting machine issue…It might be time to start thinking about a third party. As I’ve maintained for a year now, it doesn’t have to win every seat, just take away majorities from the Republicans. That’s five senate seats and 25 house seats. I mean, the main reason I vote for democrats is because of choice, I suppose choice–aside from the fact that I’m a man and should have no say in what women do with their bodies–now why should I vote for them? I just don’t know.

  • 5. Multi Medium » Reve&hellip  |  January 25th, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    […] August 7th, 2006at 06:49pm Posted by Eli Okay, I know the Democratic establishment is never going to listen to little ol’ me, but maybe they’ll listen to John Zogby. He is a pollster, after all… Let’s just look at the numbers from my most recent national poll (July 21). Overall, only 36% of likely voters told us that they agree that the war in Iraq has been “worth the loss of American lives”, while 57% disagree. But the partisan splits are more revealing: only 16% of the Democrats polled said the war has been worth while 82% disagree and only 26% of Independents agree the war has been worth it while 72% disagree. On the Republican side, 64% said the war has been worth it, while 23% disagree. The war has been the principal cause of the nation’s polarization in the past three years. The polling evidence shows the degree to which Iraq has become a Republican war. And these latest numbers are also noteworthy in that they show that about one in four Republicans have now pretty much given up on the war. […]

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