Rove is off the hook, Zarqawi is dead, Busby lost in California, Bush’s polls are on the uptick — these are all part of the instant conventional wisdom that says it’s been a bad week or two for the Democrats.
The same people are still in charge who meant to destroy the career of Valerie Plame. The same people are still in charge who lied us into a war that has cost over 20 thousand American casualties and $300 billion. The same people are in charge that built a criminal enterprise that ran out of the House Majority Leader’s office. And Bush’s polls? His approval rating has been below 40% forever.
Democrats would do well to keep their eye on the big picture:
End the war in Iraq: It’s over. Our work there is finished. Fact is, we killed Zarqawi from the the air. We could have done the same thing without any boots on ground. With Zarqawi out of the picture, the Iraqi security forces, the ministry of defense, the entire government is as ready as it’s ever going to be to take over. Let them have it.
Ending the war will also allow us to end the President’s unconstitutional seizure of “war powers.” And if the rubber-stamp Republicans cannot exercise its oversight authority, the Democrats will.
Ending the war will also reduce the need for us to borrow endlessly from foreign governments. Under the Bush administration we have borrowed $1 trillion in foreign debt — an amount equal to what was borrowed under all previous presidential administrations. Borrow and spend, borrow and spend, borrow and spend. It has got to stop.
Getting our finances straightened around will allow us to plan for the day we can be energy independent – cutting our need for foreign oil. An Apollo-style program will promote jobs, address the problem of global warming and increase our national security.
These are just some of the things Democrats should be standing up for.
You’ve also got raising the minimum wage, rescinding tax breaks for oil companies included in the 2005 energy legislation, revising the Medicare prescription drug bill to allow the government to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies for lower prices, cutting student loan rates and passing the remaining recommendations for improving national security by the independent commission that investigated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
If I were a Democrat running for Congress, I’d use a simple formula:
Bush = bad.
Republican candidate = Bush.
Republican candidate = bad.
I’d go on the attack and I’d keep attacking without a let up. I’d attack Bush’s dismal record in office; I’d tie Bush around my opponent’s neck. Then I’d drop them both into the ocean and watch them sink to the bottom.
Attack, attack, attack. Never ease up. Never, never, never. Never ease up.