Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine by cliff1066
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine
No, the Democrats didn't hold a meeting in Hollywood last week. That was only the Republicans fumbling in the dark.
But the Dems. shouldn't be so smug because Obama got re-elected and realize they too are in need of a serious overhaul.
Monday I wrote my take on the Republicans. Today I'll focus on the Democrats.
To begin with, none other than 21 Senate Democrats, 1 Republican and 1 independent voted in 2002 against giving George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq. The majority of Senate Democrats (29) took the easy route and jumped on the Iraq war bandwagon, forever besmirching themselves in voting for the worst foreign policy disaster since the Viet Nam war.
What did the 23 know that the majority did not? That there were no WMD in Iraq (destroyed by the IAEA nuclear inspectors in the early 90's after the first Gulf war and not exactly secret information) and this was a war of choice (with Saddam Hussein posing no threat to the U.S., had no connection to 9/11 and was not in league with Osama bin Laden).
But that vote reflected the majority of Senate Dems. as weak kneed and pathetic, fearful to vote against the tide that was clamoring to go to war.
Yet it's more than that vote to go to war in Iraq.
Senate Democrats had a filibuster proof majority of 60 members after the 2008 election yet demonstrated their inability to take on Republican intransigence and obstructionism and then lost the election to replace Senator Ted Kennedy and their filibuster proof majority went up in smoke.
And as we all know, Senator Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, had the chance to reform the antiquated filibuster rules with a majority vote when the new 2013 session opened but chose to meekly defend the current filibuster except for minor superficial changes.
Yet it's beyond the Senate where the Democrats are failing. Look at our current President Barack Obama and some of the issues involving him.
He failed to take on the financial industry and hold them accountable when it was clear they perpetrated the 2008 financial crisis and the resultant great recession.
Obama failed to hold the Bush mob accountable for perpetrating the Iraq war based on lies preferring to "move on" rather than looking back.
Obama's health care plan doesn't include a Medicare type single payer alternative that would take on the private health care industry, cover everyone while controlling the escalating health care costs that were (are) spiraling out of control and was a primary reason for putting health care reform on the table.
Obama has become the "assassinator in chief" targeting anyone for assassination, including American citizens and without due process.