Monday, April 04, 2005

It's not because Dems are the minority party that they keep losing major legislative battles in D.C. recently. When they stick together, as they have on social security and ethics allegations about DeLay, they're hard to beat. They could have stopped drilling in ANWR, for example, if three Democratic senators hadn't caved. The vote would have been 52-48.
An article in Truthout, reprinted from The Nation, quickly lays out the numbers for us--the numbers of Democrats who fold under pressure from corporate money and avoid anything resembling gutsy. (For example, although polls showed Americans overwhelmingly opposed to DeLay's move to overrule Florida state law in the Schiavo case, only 53 House Democrats opposed it.)
The Nation plans to do what it can to pressure Democratic wafflers and weaklings:
Perhaps being shamed publicly, and being pressured by the grassroots, will help Congressional Democrats get their act together. Toward that end, we've initiated a biweekly "Minority/Majority" feature that identifies--by name--Democrats who give succor to the GOP. (It also praises those who've helped the cause of Democrats becoming the majority party again.) If Democrats don't define themselves as an effective opposition soon, they could end up being an ineffective one for a long time to come.
I'll keep you posted.


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