Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Will someone tell the Democrats that the country is trending their way?

By The (liberal)Girl Next Door

Democrats on the hill refusing to get behind Senator Feingold’s attempt to censure Bush is just the most recent proof that they are lost at sea, far out of sight of the American people. While navigating the political waters, they need to put away their sextant, join the 21st century, and use the technology at their disposal to check out the national conversation taking place without them on blogs, message boards, and online news outlets. The ship of state under the incompetent stewardship of our current President is heading into dangerous waters, and what we see on the horizon is decidedly not where we want to go.

Just because The Washington Post, The New York Times, Chris Matthews, and CNN aren’t covering the story, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. If you listen to only those voices coming from within the isolated D.C. bubble, Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee for the Democrats, even though most of us out here in the real world have little or no interest in voting for her in the primary. Sure, she seems like a nice lady, we like what she tried to do with healthcare way back when, but we also have watched her move steadily to the right and we know how many people despise her. We are not stupid. We know that the Republicans and the media establishment are ramming her down our throats because she’ll never get above 50% support. Besides, she’s yesterday’s Democrat, and things are looking up for us on the left -- no need to settle this time around.

So far this year, in special elections across the country, Democrats have been doing very well. Hans Johnson at In These Times gives a nice rundown of this new trend in his article, “GOP Trashed In Special Elections.” It seems that even in so-called Republican areas, Democrats are winning elections with solid numbers, even coming out on top in the DeLay-drawn districts of Texas. Democrats may still be in the minority in Congress, but the country is trending their way and they need to stop acting like marginalized losers and start taking control of the message. We’ve seen what the Republicans can do, and we’re not impressed. It's time for the Democrats to shine and remind the country just how good they are at governing, cut those corporate ties, and become the Party of the people again. We’re ready for some real representation. Work for us and you’ve got our vote, whether we’re liberal, moderate, or conservative. Until you can get your tin ears fixed, use your eyes and look around, the tide is turning. Take advantage, we’re begging you, and turn this ship around. We’re tired, seasick, and we want to go home.

(Cross-posted at The (liberal)Girl Next Door.)

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