Thursday, February 23, 2006


John at Power Line discusses the latest Zogby poll that should give the Democratic Party leadership serious pause--but that is assuming quite a bit of rathional thinking on their part, which we haven't seen much evidence of over the past 5 1/2 years.
The Washington Times reports on a Zogby poll that suggests Democratic voters aren't happy with their Congressional leadership, but not for the reasons you would think if you lurk on left-wing web sites: "Democrat Voters Low On Enthusiasm":

By objecting to virtually every initiative and proposal of the Bush administration and congressional Republican majority, Democrats are undermining their party's chances of regaining the majority this fall, the John Zogby poll of 1,039 likely voters suggests.
While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other visible Democrats in Washington pick fights with Republicans, the poll shows that 58 percent of rank-and-file Democratic voters say their leaders should "accept their lower position in Congress and work together with Republicans to craft the best legislation possible."

This is a poll of Democratic rank and file, who seem to have put the bitterness and unresolved anger at losing the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections behind them.

This is the core of the problem for the leadership--they haven't been willing to accept that they no longer call the shots in Washington (in other words, they are the minority party); continue to suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome; and desperately yearn for those good old days of yesteryear--if not before the 2000 election, then at least before 9/11/2001.

By listening to the lunatic left for too long, they have basically abandoned those traditional Democratic groups who have always stood by them through thick and thin, but who are not as awed by the bling-bling and the more bizarre elements that have crept into party power (see here).

Here's hoping that the Democratic leadership--who by and large live and die by polls--will get the late wake-up call and realize that those infamous chickens will come home to roost in ways they hadn't anticipated.

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