November 9, 2004


Recircling the Democrats' Wagons (NY Times, 11/09/04)

The Democrats' last redoubt in Washington - their minority outpost in the Senate - became considerably shakier last Tuesday with the fall of their leader, Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota, and the loss of a total of four seats. But it remains the party's best chance of exercising some form of political relevance in the second Bush administration, by using its minority power selectively to filibuster objectionable legislation and unacceptable presidential nominees, and by continuing to make alliances with the dwindling band of Republican moderates.

There's something exquisite in the fact that redoubt was last used by the defenders of Jim Crow.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2004 8:23 AM
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