Saturday, December 17, 2005
With distressing matters like the McCain torture Amendment and the Patriot Act up for grabs, worried American voters may well be concerned about what the future holds. But if the pre-war smarts were a bit lacking, we are comforted to know that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is taking a strong leadership position on pressing matters of national import:
Pelosi Hails Democrats' Diverse War Stances
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, calling the war a matter of individual conscience and saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.
...and thus the ringing voice of Disunity was once more heard throughout the Land. Truly John Kerry was prophetic on this point: with the evil shadow of John Ashcroft departed, America can finally be America again. No more that dread knock in the middle of the night: the Strong Strength of Strongess has returned to guide us through these dark times. Indeed, the Loyal Opposition display an unwavering resolve to disagree with each other and with the administration, and an admirable consensus regarding the need for the nation's leadership to present a united front during wartime:
Pelosi said Democrats will produce an issue agenda for the 2006 elections but it will not include a position on Iraq. There is consensus within the party that President Bush has mismanaged the war and that a new course is needed, but House Democrats should be free to take individual positions, she sad. [sic]
(...wait for it)
"There is no one Democratic voice . . . and there is no one Democratic position," Pelosi said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.
Pelosi recently endorsed the proposal by Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) for a swift redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq over a period of six months, but no other party leader followed, and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) publicly opposed her.
But even if they can't agree on what they are, at least the Democrats have the courage to Speak Truth to Power about the dangers facing America. The Republican Party is still living in a bubble. Witness Bob Dole's recent quip:
"The most dangerous place in Washington is between Charles Schumer and a television camera"