Friday, November 23, 2007
That worked so well last time, didn't it?
I get so fed up with the Democrats. They won control of both houses of Congress a year ago, in an election that was a referendum on Bush, the war and the status quo. What have they done in the year since then? The war drags on, the Democrats have offered no meaningful resistance to Bush, and the status quo continues. I think of it as the Year of Living Irrelevantly, because there's not much any of us can do to influence events when the party that should be the party of change in Washington has postponed any real change until next year's election. Bush can pretty well do what he wants until then. Who's going to stop him? That's when, in a moment of weakness, I start thinking that our two-party system is really a one-party system, the party of money and special interests. Democrat, Republican -- what difference does it make? And that's when a blast from the past like this can remind me of what's at stake. It really does make a difference which flawed, imperfect and ridiculously compromised party we choose. Just look at the last seven dreadful years.