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!