November 8, 2002
Democrats' Fight for the Future
: Tactics, Philosophy at Stake in Race to Replace Gephardt (Jim VandeHei, November 8, 2002, Washington Post)
In a statement released late yesterday, Pelosi promised to look beyond ideology and focus on a Democratic agenda that inspires voters and wins elections. "We must draw clear distinctions between our vision of the future and the extreme policies put forward by the Republicans," she said. "We cannot allow Republicans to pretend they share our values and then legislate against those values without consequence."
Here's why we're so ecstatic about the Pelosi regime: she just implicitly referred to 53% of the American people as extremists. That's a lady who just don't get it.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2002 9:11 PM
I'd say Ms. Pelosi may very well turn that 53% favorable to the GOP into 60%. A 60-40 split sounds good to me!
I joined the ecstasy for a few days but I can't see a Dem left-turn as cause for joy. I just don't believe many Democratic voters will be turned off by unreasonable politicians; reasonableness is not what has been motivating them to vote Democratic.
Don't forget that many things can happen outside of politics that can turn the populace against Republicans -- Saddam may have nukes and use them in America; the economy may head south. I'm not saying either is probable, but I'd rather have a Democratic leader who wanted to cooperate with Bush occasionally than one who wants to frustrate him at every turn.
I agree, unforeseen events could turn the country toward the Democrats, but i don't think America being nuked is one of them. If anything, it would deliver more people to the Republicans, who, as Peggy Noonan pointed out today, has found a new raison d'etre: fighting terrorists, and doing so ruthlessly.
> A 60-40 split sounds
> good to me!
Sound like a good start, anyway. :-)