As the needle bends

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Do the Dems really, really want to win (just not too much)?

I almost fell out of my truck today while driving down the freeway, when I happened to catch Rush Limbaugh talking about this article in the New York Times.  Here’s the part that caused me to realize that the political game in this country is much, much more about winning than about doing what is right, by representing the constituency that elected you.

As strange as it might seem, there are moments when losing is winning in politics. Even as Democrats are doing everything they n to win, and believe that victory is critical for future battles over real issues, some of the party’s leading figures are also speculating that November could represent one of those moments.

From this perspective, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world politically to watch the Republicans struggle through the last two years of the Bush presidency. There’s the prospect of continued conflict in Iraq, high gas prices, corruption investigations, Republican infighting and a gridlocked Congress. Democrats would have a better chance of winning the presidency in 2008, by this reasoning, and for the future they enhance their stature at a time when Republicans are faltering.

Indeed, some Democrats worry that the worst-case scenario may be winning control of Congress by a slim margin, giving them responsibility without real authority. They might serve as a foil to Republicans and President Bush, who would be looking for someone to share the blame. Democrats need a net gain of 6 seats in the Senate, and 15 seats in the House. "The most politically advantageous thing for the Democrats is to pick up 11, 12 seats in the House and 3 or 4 seats in the Senate but let the Republicans continue to be responsible for government," said Tony Coelho, a former House Democratic whip. "We are heading into this period of tremendous deficit, plus all the scandals, plus all the programs that have been cut. This way, they get blamed for everything."

Mr. Coelho quickly added, "Obviously, from a party point of view we want to get in and do things, but I’m talking about the ideal political thing."

Guess that sums up what has me so fed up with politics. I don’t want politics – I want representation, honesty, integrity, and action, as I wrote on LST in response to the question "Do you have conservative fatigue?" My answer – I have verbal fatigue. I’m tired of politicians who say one thing, then do another (or nothing at all) or maybe I’m just tired.

As The Needle Bends

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May 15, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings

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