October 21, 2006


Bush pins label of 'defeat' party on Democrats (Stephen Dinan, 10/21/06, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

"The Democrat Party that has evolved from one that was confident in its capacity to help deal with the problems of the world to one that is doubting, today still has an approach of doubt and defeat," Mr. Bush said in a campaign speech to donors to the National Republican Senatorial Committee at the Mayflower Hotel near the White House.

He said that shift began in 1972, with the nomination of George McGovern to run for president, continued into President Jimmy Carter's administration and characterized Democrats during Republican President Ronald Reagan's administration.

"They'd gotten to the point where they didn't think that we could win," Mr. Bush said. "Many of their leaders fought the Reagan defense buildup; they fought his Strategic Defense Initiative; they opposed the liberation of Grenada; they didn't like America's support for freedom fighters resisting Soviet puppet regimes."

He contrasted that with Presidents John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman, who he said "understood the challenges of their time and were willing to confront those challenges with strong leadership."


Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2006 8:36 AM

Well strong in contrast with those who came after them, but then it would be difficult to be weaker than Carter and Clinton.

Posted by: erp at October 21, 2006 9:28 AM

A reference to President Kennedy is a ‘sop’ to the ignorant and emotional.

Posted by: TGN at October 21, 2006 9:41 AM

TGN is correct about Kennedy, but Truman was my kind of Democrat. He did, after all, start the U.S. on the long path that eventually won the Cold War. And he dropped not one but two atomic bombs on enemy cities to save the lives of several hundred thousand American troops. I cannot imagine a modern Democrate having the courage or willingness to do that. Which is why I am a Republican.

Posted by: JonSK at October 21, 2006 10:08 AM


Carter is only the trend-setter. Today's leading Dems keep pushing pusillanimity down - Murtha, Kucinich, Kerry, Durbin, Rangel, Boxer, etc.

The second-tier Dems, like Bob Casey, Ned Lamont, Jon Tester, etc. are even going below ground.

Of course, the media is even worse. CNN is now openly treasonous. The President should have asked why they broadcast a terrorist video showing Americans being killed by a sniper.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 21, 2006 10:12 AM

Kennedy is apparently the Republican's favorite Democrat.

I personally would ratchet the rhetoric up a notch by saying that the Democrats have very few "doubts", but in fact are in total sympathy with any enemy of America. I grant you that I wouldn't win any elections with that approach.

Posted by: h-man at October 21, 2006 10:17 AM

jim, couldn't agree more and Kennedy is, of course not strong, but weaker than weak, but I've commented on these issues so much, my fingers have grown tired of typing the same old truths over and over.

Today's news brings the breathless "news" of Teddy's, now confirmed, attempts to conspire with the Soviets against us. Why isn't he marched off in chains as a traitor? All you lawyers and experts out there. Please explain what a Kennedy needs to do to get the attention of the justice department.

Posted by: erp at October 21, 2006 10:50 AM

Truman's failure to deal with Stalin cost trillions of dollars, tens of millions of lives, and enormous social damage. Democrats still believe in containment. W is more activist.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2006 10:51 AM

"CNN is now openly treasonous"

CNN has been openly treasonous for years, but they've generally hidden the fact from their American viewers. I happened to be in Zurich during the U.S. blitzkrieg of Iraq, and CNN's "coverage" was indistinguishable from the propaganda on BBC and Aljazeera. Without the internet, I would have had no idea what was actually happening on the ground.

Posted by: curt at October 21, 2006 11:16 AM

Here's the link to the book on Teddy's perfidity, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism by Paul Kengor http://www.amazon.com/Crusader-Ronald-Reagan-Fall-Communism/dp/0061136905/sr=1-1/qid=1161445372/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-1123201-2660820?ie=UTF8&s=books

Posted by: erp at October 21, 2006 11:47 AM

Not just the party of the self, but the party of the not-folk and the party of the Dolchstoss.

Face it. Those people are not all themselves folk-enemies and culture-traitors. Many of them are no worse than careerists and opportunists. Their crime is that they include haters of their country within their shrinking voter coalition, and they cannot now survive without them.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 21, 2006 3:25 PM