johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,

Following the Democrats

I've been working on a piece about why I don't vote, but it's taking some time to get my thoughts together.

One of the reasons, though, is that the Democrats are not good enough. They are in fact so bad that I reject the idea that I should vote for them because of the marginal ways people who agree with my political leanings say they are better than the competition.

The problem is that I often forget the specific examples -- in one ear and out the other. So I'm going to be keeping a running notebook of the things they do.

Katha Pollitt points out in the 2006.10.23 issue of The Nation that 12 Democratic Senators and 12 Democratic Representatives voted to gut habeas corpus.

She also aptly describes the Democrats' overall strategy:

It shows you how hapless and shallow the Democrats are that they find so little electoral joy in a principled coherent challenge to Republican rule. Instead, we get tactical theatrics over whatever comes down the pike: last month gas prices, this week Foley...

In the same issue, John Nichols points out that since FDR, former governors Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have been the only Democrats who have defeated Republican Presidents. Now that's a losing team.
Tags: democrats, the nation
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