Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Eeyore


As my Grade Ten math teacher, the late great Joe Coolidge used to say, “Oh, for crying in the weeds…”

From the New York Times comes this piece of RNC footage:

Democrats are heading into this year’s elections in a position weaker than they had hoped for, party leaders say, stirring concern that they are letting pass an opportunity to exploit what they see as widespread Republican vulnerabilities.

In interviews, senior Democrats said they were optimistic about significant gains in Congressional elections this fall, calling this the best political environment they have faced since President Bush took office.

But Democrats described a growing sense that they had failed to take full advantage of the troubles that have plagued Mr. Bush and his party since the middle of last year, driving down the president’s approval ratings, opening divisions among Republicans in Congress over policy and potentially putting control of the House and Senate into play in November.

Asked to describe the health of the Democratic Party, Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said: “A lot worse than it should be. This has not been a very good two months.”

It goes on and on, quoting a series of clearly wussified Democrats who have either been listening to the RNC talking points, not listening to their constituents or even looking at the NBC/WSJ polling data that shows the country would take the Democrats by 51-37 over the current crop of Republicans in the House.

I truly wish they would just get to work and let their actions speak for themselves. It’s not as if the Bush administration and the GOP leadership in Washington hasn’t handed them several truckloads of material to run on, and all we get is whining about they can’t get any traction. So get out there and campaign, and stop turning the Democratic donkey into Eeyore.