Saturday, May 16, 2009

Deja vu all over again

Is the Democratic Party headed for a civil war?

Relax. It's not as bad as all that (probably). Democrats are just going through what Republicans went through in the early years of the new millenium. It happened faster than I thought it would, actually. Disorganization, and dare I say disunity, kept Democrats in the minority for years. They came together in 2006 to take control of Congress, and despite a lengthy primary battle, they came together again in 2008 to win the White House.

But did the rifts actually heal, or were these instances of bandages across chasms? Their leadership, including several Cabinet members and committee chairs in the House of Representatives, have had to deal with scandals, like the Republicans did. Sure, it's over taxes and not sex, but it still doesn't make me want to vote for them. Hypocrisy is hypocrisy.

Which brings us to the most powerful woman in Washington. Most people aren't aware of the "inside politics" in the House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have engineered a victory for the party in 2006, but she also stepped on a few toes (and even a few backs) on her way to the top. She backed a few horses that didn't quite win their races, most notably Rep. John Murtha over Rep. Steny Hoyer for Majority Leader. With the recent controversy over whether or not she knew and did nothing about torture at Guantanamo Bay early in the war on terror, her opponents on both sides of the aisle have begun to smell blood in the water.

Barack Obama has his own problems with the left since becoming president. Last year, as sort of a joke, I asked if then Senator Obama was actually a closet Republican because he had supported a Supreme Court decision to strike down a D.C. gun ban and as senator had voted for the Bush-Cheney energy plan and to reauthorize FISA. Last autumn, he sided with President Bush on TARP. And since becoming president, he has apparently sided with Bush on Iraq, Guantanamo, and military tribunals. He's practically a Republican on national security issues right now. And it's driving the left crazy.

The Speaker of the House and the President of the United States are both Democrats; and Democrats across the country are angry and lashing out at both of them. Is this a simple case of politicians versus the public, or is the left coming down with an acute case of buyer's remorse?

Well, at least now they know how Republicans feel.

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