February 19, 2006


Dems Need A Newt Of Their Own: The Party Can't Have a Revolution Without the Revolutionaries (Elizabeth Wilner and Chuck Todd, February 19, 2006, Washington Post)

Back in 1992, seven upstart Republican freshmen forced real change in the House of Representatives.

Egged on by a more senior revolutionary, Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), these feisty newcomers exploited the House Bank and Post Office scandals unfolding on the watch of a longtime Democratic majority. The GOP lawmakers even posed for a poster, a macho black-and-white group shot. "The Gang of Seven," the caption read. "We closed the House Bank. We're changing Congress. Join the fight."

Today, as a lobbying scandal plays out on the watch of the Republican majority in Congress, the question is: Where is the Democrats' Gang of Seven? Why isn't some spirited group of junior House Democrats capturing the public's imagination and sinking its teeth into the spreading Jack Abramoff mess? And where is the Democratic equivalent of Gingrich?

They Served, and Now They're Running (JAMES DAO and ADAM NAGOURNEY, 2/18/06, NY Times)
[C]arl Forti, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said: "[H]ouse races tend to be about pocketbook issues."

Republicans continue to benefit from the Democrats' mistaken belief that the 1994 election was primarily about the arcania of how the House is run, rather than about policy differences between the two parties.

One experiment that the Democrats might find instructive, though terrifying, would be to attempt to put together their own Contract with America. Trying to find ten issues where roughly 75% of the American people support the Democratic position would be such an exercise in futility that it might force them to finally confront the reality that they are a natural minority party in this country.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2006 9:23 AM

Simple: Plant those Karl Rove wasp larvae in the Republicans' brains, then get them to push homosexuals in the military, socialized medicine, and an "Assault" "Weapons" "Ban."

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 19, 2006 9:42 AM

Didn't Gingrich at the time have his own check issues with the House bank? And didn't the media at the time exploit that for what it's worth? Those same Dems are probably waiting for the MSM to skewer their own (hello, Harry Reid?) on this Abramoff issue.

Posted by: Brad S at February 19, 2006 11:38 AM

McCain/Gingrich or Guillianni/Gingrich or Gingrich/Rice. I'd like to see him somehow on the ticket. Oh would the Crats howl.

Posted by: Genecis at February 19, 2006 11:51 AM

No party is a natural minority. However, if the Dems continue to be run by their current base, they will be less than that. Private sector unions are fading. Public sector unions and trial lawyers have no use for a permanent minority. The black block will crack, but not before it drives mexicans from the party. the jewish vote is aging and will soon die. That leaves only hollywood and academia and they are a tiny minority to small and isolated to the basis of a political machine.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 19, 2006 12:30 PM

They'll have a Contract "on" America.

1. Tax the rich more.
2. Tax the corporations more.
3. Tax ...
4. Tax ...
5. Tax ...

Posted by: AllenS at February 19, 2006 12:33 PM


The base is just those who believe in liberalism and is, as you note, a natural minority in America.

Posted by: oj at February 19, 2006 2:20 PM

Robert is exactly right about the handwriting on the wall for the Democrats.

Times change, economies change, demographics change.

While the two-party system endures, individual historic parties do not. The tides of change are out, as W.F. Buckley once put it and no human power can bring them back.

The old Democrat party is now on failing life support, hanging on to the residues of draft evasion and guilt over past mistreatment of persons of African and mixed African descent. They have actually hastened their downfall by trying to parlay residual guilt over past racism into a paradigm for advancing various other, much less meritorious causes.

This has failed. Just as Iraq is not Vietnam, so witches and homosexuals are nor racial minorities.

They are getting to hang on longer than they should, just because the draft pushed evaders into education and radicalized schools and universities. This does not mean that they can come back, only that their extinguishment as a party will be all the more sudden when it comes at last.

It is not impossible that the emergent re-drawn two-party system will contain parties with the same names is those at present, but major realignment is coming.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 19, 2006 7:28 PM