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Those are good questions, but at the risk of invoking the [Helen's Crystal Ball of Doom Technology] logo, I think we can paraphrase Rummy by saying that you run the country with the government you have, not the government you wish you had.

The Democrats are shot through with a wide vein of Repugnican-lite spineless Bush enablers. Even those who claim to be putting up a fight are eager to blink if the going gets tough. I honestly feel they have a view that the american people are either too ignorant to care about the constitution or, if not ignorant, don't care anyway. If it don't fill their wallet, then it ain't something that moves people in downtown Peoria.

I sometimes read the drippy wet weak excuses of Democrat leaders in DC as to why they caved on this, co-operated on that and you start to realise why Republicans, and indeed americans in general view Democrats as they do. We know that the republicans are unprincipled, but their refusal to compromise actually makes them look principled and strong. They look like they believe in something. By contrast, by giving up on everything be it War, Torture or even the constitution itself, the democrats are the ones who appear unprincipled, they look like they don't believe in anything, but are amoral schemers and chancers. And not very good ones either cos they keep losing every vote.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jul 5th, 2008 at 11:38:21 AM EST

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