Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Congrats to Condi, and other points of interest

Firstly, I want to congratulate Condoleeza Rice on becoming the first African American female Secretary of State. She deserves it, and her body of work- beyond just her term as National Security Advisor- shows that she's the right person for the job. It certainly will be interesting to see what happens when she has to meet with various Muslim and Arab leaders around the world, and tells them "I'll drive".

On the other hand, the handful of Democrats who bitched about her on the Senate floor, and held her nomination up for a few days is really pathetic. You'd think that the Dems would be smarter than to play crass obstructionism like that, but some of them don't seem to be getting the hint. Partially, I think that some of them are trying to "cover their asses" about the whole WMD issue, since they DID say the same things that they're now complaining about the Bush administration, prior to the Iraqi invasion. The other part is that they're trying to humor their own far left base, or at least pretend that their base is larger than it really is. Both are signs that they're off the beaten path, and are basically going as low as one can go, in politics. I mean, for crying out loud, eventually the republicans in Congress will get a backbone, and do something about it. As it stands, virtually none of the Democratic platform will get through Congress; the best the Dems can hope for is to negotiate with the Republicans for some leverage. And even that gives the Republicans the initiative, and with the way that the Dems have been handling things, they're using their response time to just whine and bitch. Not good for 2006, so far.

All the Democrats have been able to come up with are rants that "Bushlied!Bushlied!Bushlied!" or "Something's wrong in Iraq; we don't know what it is, but apologize and pull the troops out of Iraq so we can bitch at you some more, m'kay?" Neither of those are really worthwhile arguements, and they make the Dems look even smaller and petttier, and highly unattractive. And stunts like Harry Reid's staffer protesting at the Inauguration (and getting arrested for it) also comes across as highly childish. The whole world was watching that inauguration- and Mr. Reid allows his staffer to essentially have a hissy fit? Does any of this make any sense? Does it come as a suprise that Bush's approval ratings jumped after the election?

Does anyone think that we'll be hearing from Boxer, Ted Kennedy, Dayton, Kerry, and Harkin by 2006? I think not.


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