Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the end of 2005 and time to look back. In politics what do I see? Well, I see the Republican party struggling against high seas. In the media the party is depicted as being in danger of losing to the Democrats in the off-year elections next fall. That probably will be the case, unless the Republicans have to run against the Democrats. Against the Democrats they could win with Warren Harding in the White House.
The reason for this is that the Democratic leadership is fractured and dominated by people who are hysterical, abusive and oblivious. The things they have called George W. Bush this past year are as excessive as anything Joe McCarthy ever called his opponents, but without the charm or, for that matter, the factual basis. Not only that but they are feeding on their own. They have now made Sen. Joe Lieberman controversial and among the Democrats' left-wingers, objectionable.

 His transgression is to treat a war as a serious matter and demur from criticizing the government in a way that might encourage our enemies. He is also consistent. As a Democrat, he has stood by the principles outlined by Harry Truman in the Truman Doctrine. In sum: "I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures." President Truman enunciated that principle before a joint session of Congress on March 12, 1947, after which he defied the last of America's isolationists and sought appropriations to take up the position of faltering Great Britain in Greece and Turkey.

 When Truman announced this policy there were opponents in the Republican party who rolled out a critique that was complex, as analytical as the critiques of the present policy excogitated by the Democratic leadership, and as wrong. The Republican isolationists were a vanishing breed, and the more I read about them the more I am reminded of the present Democratic leadership. They have the same abusive style and the same obliviousness. Dr. Howard Dean, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the delightful Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid sound like partisans who have never met anyone who was not just like them. When Sen. Reid was hooted at for bragging "We killed the Patriot Act," I wonder if he was surprised. Doubtless he did not even hear his critics, or if he did he dismissed them as being hellish Republicans.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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