Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Here's some balm for your weary soul:

House GOP leaders say they feel trampled by the White House and betrayed by the GOP-led Senate over the budget. Senate hard-liners are sick of the hand-wringing over Abu Ghraib and wish the administration would quit apologizing. Sen. Trent Lott is still bitter at Karl Rove, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell are beyond couples counseling, as are the entire State and Defense departments.

The quotation comes from a Washington Post article that Jeanette Ward brought to our attention on the discussion group page. Treat yourself to the whole piece. It's short.

Republican intraparty dissension is also the subject of an article in the May 31 issue ofThe Nation. Plenty of fiscal conservatives are in a quandary as they watch "'the world's economic superpower slowly destroy perhaps the world's most enviable fiscal position . . . .'" The other dilemma many conservatives face is their feeling that neocon foreign policy is rash and dangerous. Clyde Prestowitz, conservative and author of Rogue Nation believes that "[t]oday's neocons are not conservatives . . . but 'right-wing Trotskyists' who are every bit as determined as their counterparts on the left once were about revolutionizing the world."

To support Bush or not to support Bush, that is the question for these unhappy Republicans.

Kevin Phillips sees these rifts as perhaps the beginning of Democratic ascendancy:

Back in 1969 Kevin Phillips famously predicted that a Republican majority was emerging on the heels of the growing backlash against a liberalism that had grown fat and arrogant, and that had come to be associated with grandiose policy initiatives that, in Vietnam as on the home front, came crashing up against reality. Today, at the very moment when Republicans seem more powerful than ever, Phillips sees the potential for history to repeat itself.


Click here to read the article. (Fair warning: this one's not short.)

We in the Dean movement are determined to make another era of history repeat itself. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the robber barons held sway, but progressives and unions forced the wealthy to give ground and allow some economic redistribution. May the spirit of Eugene Debs, Bob LaFollette, and Big Bill Haywood be with us.


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