March 10, 2006

MOVE FURTHER RIGHT:

Republicans say legislative moves by Dems dim GOP election hopes (Ralph Thomas and Andrew Garber, 3/10/06,
Seattle Times)

When majority Democrats wrapped up this year's legislative session Wednesday night, some of their biggest achievements read like a Republican Party wish list.

They took steps to resolve long-standing water disputes between farmers and environmentalists in Eastern Washington. They handed sizable tax breaks to farmers and the timber industry. They won a truce in the years-long war between business and labor over unemployment insurance. And they pushed through tougher penalties for sex offenders.

What's going on here?

Republicans say passing those bills was more about politics than policy — a strategic move by Democrats to take away GOP campaign issues ahead of the fall's legislative elections.


You'd have to be a Republican to not recogniuze that the Democrats need to move Right is your opportunity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2006 7:31 AM
Comments

So the Democrats act like Republicans in order to win elections. And this is supposed to bother me as Joe Q. Citizen (as opposed to Joe Q. Republican) why exactly?

Posted by: b at March 10, 2006 11:40 AM

Because unlike Bush, the Dems won't keep their campaign promises.

Posted by: erp at March 10, 2006 3:50 PM

And of course the killer for the Dems is that as they move right, their left wing is more likely to vote Green or stay home. Rock, meet hard place.

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 10, 2006 4:49 PM

Because as soon as possible the Dems'll drop the act and go back to being themselves?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 10, 2006 4:51 PM
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