Tuesday, February 14, 2006

What the !@#$ is wrong with the democratic party!?

In this news story, Paul Hackett announces that the democratic party has betrayed him.

For those who don't know who Paul Hackett is:
Mr. Hackett staged a surprisingly strong Congressional run last year in an overwhelmingly Republican district and gained national prominence for his scathing criticism of the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq War.
He was cheered by many as just the sort of person the democratic party, and the country, needs. So what did the democratic party leadership do?
...for the last two weeks, he said, state and national Democratic Party leaders have urged him to drop his Senate campaign and again run for Congress. "This is an extremely disappointing decision that I feel has been forced on me," said Mr. Hackett, whose announcement comes two days before the state's filing deadline for candidates. He said he was outraged to learn that party leaders were calling his donors and asking them to stop giving and said he would not enter the Second District Congressional race.

"For me, this is a second betrayal," Mr. Hackett said. "First, my government misused and mismanaged the military in Iraq, and now my own party is afraid to support candidates like me."

Mr. Hackett was the first Iraq war veteran to seek national office, and the decision to steer him away from the Senate race has surprised those who see him as a symbol for Democrats who oppose the war but want to appear strong on national security.

The republican party is nothing more than a crime syndicate, and now, the democratic party has become some sort of bizarro-world exercise in discovering how many possible ways there are to lose political races. No wonder I am an independent.

The democrats have had such an amazing, phenomenal opportunity handed to them on a silver platter: their sole opposition is the republican party, who have not only become the most staggeringly corrupt organization in American political history, but who do not even have popular support anymore except among homophobes, xenophobes, religious wackos, plutocrats, theocrats, and white-collar criminals anticipating their pardons. How hard could it possibly be for a political party to demonstrate that it stands in opposition to the vile sewage that comprises the republican ideology? How hard could it be to emerge victorious, even if only philosophically, against such an opponent?

Apparently, too hard for the democratic party. Real progressives might as well abandon the rat-infested vessel which the democrats are steering up the welcoming ass of the republican party.

Now, if that's not enough, dig this: Some Democrats Are Sensing Missed Opportunities:
...Democrats described a growing sense that they had failed to take full advantage of the troubles that have plagued Mr. Bush and his party... "We seem to be losing our voice when it comes to the basic things people worry about."

Democrats said they had not yet figured out how to counter the White House's long assault on their national security credentials. And they said their opportunities to break through to voters with a coherent message on domestic and foreign policy — should they settle on one — were restricted by the lack of an established, nationally known leader to carry their message this fall.
Like, say, oh, I dunno... Paul Hackett!?
As a result, some Democrats said, their party could lose its chance to do to Republicans this year what the Republicans did to them in 1994: make the midterm election, normally dominated by regional and local concerns, a national referendum on the party in power.

Democratic Party's problems seem particularly tangled today, a source of frustration to Democratic leaders as they have watched opinion polls indicating that the public is souring on the Republican Party and receptive to Democratic leadership... There is a surfeit of issues for Democrats to use against Republicans — including corruption, the war in Iraq, energy prices and health care... Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, said: "We have a strategy. First is to convince the American people that what's happening in Washington is not working. We have achieved that. Now we have to, at this stage, convince people that we are the ones to bring positive change."
Convince away, but do it quick. We grow impatient with this crap.


Ken Grandlund said...

This act just confirms what I have been saying for the past year +, namely that BOTH parties are not interested in anything other than power.

I have consistently advocated for non-partisan voters supporting non-partisan candidates. Maybe this will be the wake up call that makes people abandon the false promises of the parties...

Mike of the North said...

I read an open letter to Cindy Sheehan recently that called on her to run against Feinstein as an independent rather than a fellow dem. I hope that she read it and considered the writers arguments, which were mainly that the dem machinery could effectivly wipe Cindy out during the primaries but that as an independent she could seriously cripple the demods. Do any of you have Cindy's e-mail? I tried to find it to send her a letter of support but haven't had any luck.

p.s. crippling the demods might allow a repuke victory but the demo party has to realize that it's real base is the progressive movement, not the conservative movement.

windspike said...

The Dems are a rudderless ship with nothing but pirates on board. In it for themselves. Another reason to be straight up anti-incumbent this mid term election cycle.

Sar said...

No Shea, we grow increasingly impatient with this crap.

Good grief!

Netminder said...

You're no independant. Your just too chicken to admit your a democrat while YOUR party is flailing. You want to be able to say "no wonder I'm an independant" when it suits you. Get some courage and admit what you really are. Stand out in the sunshine and let America see all that you and your party really stand for. Your party could easily take power in 2 elections if they would just admit that there's an elephant in the middle of the room (no pun intended). However, it will never happen. Admittedly, I enjoy seeing your party's representatives in office, print and media turn into stark raving lunatics in broad daylight. Your leaders are off the chain and no sitcom could provide this kind of comic relief. I offer these suggestions in the most sincere way, yet knowing full well that I will be labeled a right-wing, neoconservative, racist, biggot, war-monger. Oh well, here goes anyway. A few simple ways for the Democratic party to take back America: 1. Truly love your country in a patriotic way, regardless of it's past mistakes, and openly profess, at home and abroad, that for all those mistakes it is the most civilized, respectful, socially progressive, country on Earth...EVER! 2. Stop trying to destroy Christianity. You will never do it. You will only alienate people further. Remember that everything is cyclical. What may seem like warm "Christian bashing" waters today, can turn around to burn you tomorrow. In times of crisis people cling to their faiths and will not idly stand by and suffer the defamation of their beliefs. As ignorant and archaic as that might seem to some of the "enlightened" ones, it is best to leave it be.

I've given you a start. Now comb your hair back, straighten out your tie, clear your throat and get it back together. America needs a 2 party system. As much as it pains me to admit, I would be afraid of complete one party rule, right or left. Right now you guys are on the verge of falling off the cliff with your rantings. Put your convictions aside for a minute and take a look in the mirror. You need to see how you appear to the American public right now. It's not too late. We Americans are a very forgiving lot. Even I, a self-professed conservative republican, would vote for a Democrat if I felt he or she was sincere, strong-willed and wanted to honestly tackle the problems facing America (JFK comes to mind first).

Sadly , I fear, my 2 cents will be taken as an insult rather than honest advice. Oh well.....GAME ON! One last thing. If the GOP wins the White House again in 2008, and you go after the new president in the same manner as GWB (justifiable in the case of Katrina), the sheep suit will be pulled back and the wolf will be laid bare for all the nation to see.

My best wishes for a speedy recovery.


SheaNC said...

Netminder, since you begin your post by proclaiming your own stupidity, a rebuttal is hardly required: your idiotic reply is its own proof of how wrong you are.

For one thing, if you think calling someone a chicken is not to be considered an insult, then you must be one of those poor souls who enjoys verbal abuse. To each their own, I suppose.

The fact is, I am an independent. Too bad you can't handle that. I'm amused that you seem so concerned with my lack of party affiliation. Perhaps you are typically conservative and unable to accept the idea that some of us don't require membership in one of your clubs.

You are pitifully misguided about the christianity thing. Democrats aren't trying to destroy christianity, and neither am I. You sound like one of those ridiculous, paranoid assholes who fear a "war on christmas".

Tell you what: I'll ask the democrats to "stop trying to destroy christianity" if you puritan hypocrites can manage to keep your stupid fucking twisted religious mythology out of our government.

You right-wing whiners are so fucking tiresome. Go get deprogrammed or something.

Mike of the North said...
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Mike of the North said...

"And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song"

Man sheanc, I definitely hear the shotgun singing the song in that last response of yours...

All I can say is...

"I tip my hat to the new constitution..."

SheaNC said...

Thanks! I have been exercising the adjectives lately. I just recently had a battle with a guy over at this post at the liberal thought blog. Let me know if you think I was too "over the top."