Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Party's Over


I think this about sums things up nicely:

Although the Democrats may still find a way to lose the election in November, no serious observer would suggest today that it would be because they succumbed to an indomitable foe. Less than a full election cycle after Rove's "permanent majority" was said to be upon us, Bush's approval ratings have sunk to the lowest level of any President since presidential job-approval ratings were introduced. Republicans in Congress are streaming for the exits. Surveys show young voters identifying as Democrats over Republicans by double-digit margins, and the 81 percent of Americans who believe the country is seriously "on the wrong track" have conservatives wondering aloud whether Rove's dream has become a nightmare.

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For forty years, the most important trait of conservatives of all stripes has been their unshakable conviction that their vision and their ideas are right. Moral permissiveness, a feckless foreign policy, a welfare-dependent underclass: all the viruses that had infected the body politic under the stewardship of liberals would be cured if only conservatives were given a chance. The right was united above all in its belief that a new Eden would dawn when Americans were liberated from the tyranny of government, whose intrusive hands reached unwarrantedly into every aspect of citizens' lives (save, of course, the bedroom, where those hands were needed to prevent overly liberated citizens from indulging the wrong impulses). When Bill Clinton ended welfare and declared that the era of big government was over, the argument seemed to have been cinched: at long last, even Democrats had come to realize the folly of their ways. But something funny happened on the way to making the revolution complete: when Republicans were finally given the opportunity to free the citizenry from the chains of the Leviathan state, the result was crony capitalism, fiscal recklessness and bumbling incompetence on an unprecedented scale. The opportunity to govern without interference from liberals came, and the consequences--in New Orleans, in Baghdad, in neighborhoods ravaged by housing foreclosures, in levels of inequality unmatched since the Gilded Age--have been calamitous.
From The Nation, Is the Party Over?

(Cartoon via Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

1 comment:

Steve Gimbel said...

"When Bill Clinton...declared that the era of big government was over...the consequences...have been calamitous."

Yes, the Clintocrats surrendered the Democratic party, replaced the backbone with jelly, and led us into the political desert for a decade and a half.

If we want to use the word "appeasement" properly, look at what the Dems did in the first six years of the Bush administration hoping that by giving him almost everything he wanted without making a peep, he and Karl would stop being so mean to them.

A combination of Republican incompetence and Howard Dean's 50-state strategy is all that stands between us and a very scary place.

That some want to hand the reigns of power back to Terry McAullife, Paul Begala, and all of the fools around the Clintons just stuns me. Maybe Obama will be able to deliver the change, maybe he won't but as a not so wise man once said, "Fool me once, shame on me; fool me twice, won't get fooled again."