One of history’s lessons is that single-party government doesn’t work. Look no further than Mexico, where the P.R.I. ran the show for most of a century. Its poor governance is among the reasons millions of Mexicans are streaming across the U.S. border today.
Yet the United States is dangerously close to becoming a one party state, too. This year’s congressional elections could cement that party in power, which would probably allow it to move even further away from its traditional conservative principles.
Of course, that may not happen. Things look grim right now for the GOP. A poll last month from the Pew Research Center reported Democrats lead Republicans 50 percent to 41 percent nationwide in a generic ballot.
But it’s a long way to Nov. 7, and it’s difficult to beat something with nothing. And nothing -- or at least, no ideas -- is exactly what the left has. By design, apparently.
“Democratic leaders had set a goal of issuing their legislative manifesto by November 2005 to give voters a full year to digest their proposals,” The Washington Post reported on March 7. But that deadline has slipped. Now, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promises the plan will be finished in “a matter of weeks.” Don’t hold your breath.
At a recent meeting of Democratic governors, Pelosi outlined the six key issues and ideas she thinks the election will hinge on. Sen. Minority Harry Reid had earlier done the same thing -- but each offered different proposals. “I don’t think we have a message,” one of the governors noted.
But who needs a message when you’ve got anger on your side? “It is self-evident now that the same Republican members of Congress who put America up for sale have neither the ability nor the credibility to lead us in a new direction, and they shouldn’t even try,” Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., told CNN. The plan right now is “to allow Democratic attacks to hold the stage with minimum distraction,” as the Post put it.
Good luck with that.
The left is ignoring the lessons of 1998, when Republicans hated President Clinton and assumed that -- if they could prove he was corrupt -- they’d clean up in the midterm elections. That plan didn’t work. The GOP majority in the House was trimmed, Speaker Newt Gingrich was forced out and Clinton survived to serve out his term.