Somebody call the waaaambulance. Realizing that they?re losing the political battle, the Democrats have fallen back on their last resort: weeping. Or as liberals like to call it, ?the nuclear option.? Senator Harry Reid of Nevada is crying mad at the Republican National Committee for calling him an ?obstructionist? in a research document distributed to a million Republican activists across the country. Citing President Bush?s call for bipartisan cooperation, Reid asked the Senate, ?Is President George Bush a man of his word, [or] is what he is telling the American people just a charade??
?What they want to do is just like [what] they did to [former Senate minority leader Tom] Daschle,? Reid continued, holding up an issue of Roll Call magazine with the headline ?RNC Turns Up Heat on Reid.? Yes, Senator, that would be the point of politics: to give your opponents the boot. If you really want to lead Senate Democrats, perhaps the best way to avoid ending up like Daschle is to ? here?s a bright idea! ? avoid acting like Daschle. The obstructionist girly-man routine didn?t work all that well for him, and that was even before President Bush?s re-election and continued Republican gains in the Senate.
Reid isn?t going to be able to get away with impugning the president?s integrity on this one. He?s clearly an obstructionist. The most inconvenient part of the RNC ?hit piece? about Reid is that everything on it is true. Reid is one of the lead proponents of blocking judges who believe in actually reading the Constitution ? he held a nine-hour filibuster last to block ?conservative? judges. He has vowed to oppose any plan to create Social Security personal retirement accounts as well.
Whining is not the way to win over the American people. But the Democrats are so wedded to the politics of the past that they?re boxing themselves into a corner. They?re not willing to go the extra mile to build new coalitions, to revamp their image, or to even accept that their grip on power is gone. They?re living in a dream world where they still run the Senate and can gain sympathy by calling Republicans ?meanies? and ?liars.?
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