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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner to Democrats: “Stop Cowering”

It needed to be said. And our spinally challenged Democrats need to hear it and act on it.

Most Democrats have spent the last few years lying in bed, curled up in the fetal position, thinking “if I pull the covers over my head and stay perfectly still, Republicans won’t see me and they won’t be able to get me.”

Dana Milbank described the Democrats as being “passive to the point of wimpy” on the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. He quotes Anthony Weiner as saying:

“If Democrats believe it’s going to go away, they’re wrong. I don’t represent the hide-under-the-desk wing of the Democratic Party. I believe we’ve got to lean into this fight.”

He says Nancy Pelosi has been “inartful,” and President Obama hasn’t provided “air cover” for Democrats in Congress. The White House “hasn’t done a very good job” of confronting critics. And referring to the Democrats in general: “We have to stop cowering.”

He says Democrats should be actively promoting and celebrating the health care reform law. “It’s not enough just to say, ‘Here’s this great bill.’ We haven’t done a particularly skillful job in the last year of rebutting some of the basic thrusts of the Republican opposition to the bill.”

Dana Milbank says the Democrats are “answering the opposition’s often-scurrilous allegations with earnest pleas not to ‘relitigate’ the past. In wishing away the fight, they are losing it.”

In other words — Stop Cowering!

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

There are a few terrific exceptions. For too short a while there Alan Grayson. Now, there's Weiner, Kucinich, Wyden and Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the House. In the Senate, there's Barbara Boxer, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse, Frank Lautenberg and a few more I'm overlooking.

Mostly, it seems there's a bunch of cowering duds — bench warmers Harry Truman would surely dismiss as unfit to be senators and call themselves Democrats.

Then, you get to pieces of work like Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Joe Manchin and ex-senator, now Fox talking head, Evan Bayh.

Excuse me, I've got to go take a couple of aspirin.

March 27, 2011 at 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

It must be s curse of the "Lamest Generation" that liberals of that era are simply too timid to do any kind of rebutting, confronting, or even defending themselves.

The sooner that they (and their chickenhawk racist Rushpubliscum brethren) go away, the sooner we might get to some real debates about real problems, and by way of that, maybe even some real solutions.

March 28, 2011 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

They are cowering from their corporate benefactors, not the Republicans. But then again, what's the difference?

March 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

WEINER for President, with Bernie Sanders as his running mate!

March 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger ubetiam said...

Bernie, Alan, Dennis, Al ... all of them need a new party. Dem just doesn't cut it any longer. I'm a lifelong Dem, but ready to call it a day. NOT for teabaggerism, but something new, something progressive and unabashedly pro-People. Yeah, socialism ... that naughty word. Progressivism is probably better and less scary.

Sometimes I'm glad I'm old (56) because I won't have to see what this country ... the world ... becomes. But oh, how I despair for my kids and grandchild.

March 28, 2011 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I might need some of those aspirin too.

JR: "Real debates about real problems" -- that would be a refreshing change.

Dave: That's true, they're in an awkward position, having to do what their corporate donors tell them while pretending they care about people. What's a hooker to do?

Jack: That would be a great ticket, but could they get elected?

Ubetiam: I don't know if a new party or third party will work. But we definitely need more politicians like Sanders and Weiner, people who have integrity and a spine.

I too wonder what will happen to this country if we continue on this downward spiral.

March 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM  

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