One week after the election, I can't believe that Democrats are still hoping the Republicans will put down their machetes, string garlands of flowers in their hair, sing kumbaya and dance the Rastafarian fertility dance.
In fact by promoting Trent Lott to the leadership position yesterday, the Republicans have effectively bombed Pearl Harbor: yeah, they might not have said they want war, but if you're still fool enough to hope for peace, you deserve extinction any way.
In the lead up to the battle of Barbarossa between Russia and the invading German troops, Stalin was so anxious to maintain peace that he didn't even allow his Generals to prepare for an invasion until six hours before the invasion began.
A lot of people have pounded me for suggesting that the Democrats are already dropping the ball. But I'm going to stand by my previous assertion. I'm not in the business of flattering politicians, and neither should you be.
Let me use an analogy to describe how Democrats have already squandered some of their power before they've even been sworn in. An effective bargainer never goes to a buyer and says, "You know what? I'm willing to drop the price to $400 so that you and I can be happy, but the starting price is $800."
Why, class? Why don't you do that? Come on! Why? Because...they are going to offer you $200 and then you're going to sell it for $250.
What does this have to do with politics, Dean? You're not making sense.
This is exactly what the Democratic leadership has done. They've said, "We're going to work with the Republicans; we're willing to bargain down the value of our democracy every time."
Well thanks for giving away your power before you even had it, Nancy Pelosi...Harry Reid. We worked so hard to give it to you, and this is what you do with it.
Trent Lott will never bargain down. He's smart enough to understand that you posture tough, you walk tough, and you ram it down the opposition's throat until you get what you want. Why can't we have leaders like him? Why can't the Democrats fight back for us? Why are they content to let us bleed from six years of abuse and let our attackers go scott-free?
With Lott in power, Democrats can count on a solid block of Senate Republicans. They are going to vote together on every bill that comes down the pike. Add Traitor Joe into the mix, and you can guarantee that Democrats will fight an uphill battle these next two years. Plus Lott is the champion of Swift-boating. Stay tuned to see him peal away Democrats one by one.
That's why this legislative session is not about victories; it's not about accomplishing anything. It's about prevention. It's about making the Republicans look like the party of impediment. It's about never conceding ground and blowing the whistle on every Republican who holds up Congress for partisan points. These next two years will determine the control of Congress and the White House in 2008.
We need a purpose, and we have one. We want out of Iraq, now. We are on a crusade (to choose my words carefully) against corruption. We are on a crusade to curb the deleterious and life-threatening effects of global warming. We are on a crusade to rid this government of corruption, and these goals are going to be thwarted at every turn by a corporate-friendly corrupt holdout of Republicans.
If we go into this legislative session ready concede our ground before the bargaining even begins then we are in real trouble. When you've got the chips, you oughta swing 'em around and let 'em know who is boss at the table.