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'Tis the Season to Hope for the Worst
Laura's Weekly E-Blast! ^ | 12/02/2002 | Laura Ingraham

Posted on 12/02/2002 8:11:48 PM PST by FBD

'Tis the Season to Hope for the Worst

The Dow's up near 9,000 again. Wal-Mart reported record day-after Thanksgiving sales of $1.43 billion. Ramzi bin al Shibh is ratting out his friends. Bob Woodward thinks President Bush is one smart cookie. Al Gore's new books are headed for the remainder table. So if you're a Democrat and were hoping for some political cheer this holiday season, you're out of luck.

The better things get, the more frustrated they are. The more frustrated they are, the more they reach backward, to familiar territory.

It was painful to watch Sen. John Kerry on NBC's Meet the Press, announcing the formation of his exploratory committee, the precursor for a presidential run in 2004. "On almost every issue facing the country, I believe there is a better choice for this nation," he intoned. Two-thirds of the country, who still approve of the way the President is doing his job, disagree.

Listening to Kerry, one can't help but believe that he is betting, indeed even hoping, that something will go wrong, badly wrong, on the domestic or foreign policy front. Then all those Wal-Mart shoppers who have been tricked into supporting President Bush will finally come to their senses and clamor for a Democrat rescue.

A decorated Vietnam veteran who returned home to become an anti-war spokesman, Kerry is most poignant when he speaks about his time in uniform, of the bond that only fellow soldiers can fully understand. Kerry knows that President Bush doesn't have similar stories to share. But then Kerry moves on to urge "no new tax cuts," and scaremonger about toxic waste dumps, and one is reminded that he's really just a better-looking Ted Kennedy, a richer Michael Dukakis.

Yet for a party betting on the leadership of Paleozoic liberals like San Fran Nan, what should one expect? Bold, new thinking and an optimistic outlook?

So it's back to the past, to an ideology that has been gradually eroding for more than two decades. Democrats promise they're cooking up their own version of the Contract with America, but so far one senses that they are doing little more than silently, maybe even subconsciously cheerleading against American successes at home and abroad. If the economic turnaround doesn't happen, if a U.S. invasion of Iraq causes more problems than it solves, and if Bin Laden pulls off another big one, if….

But even if the Democrats hit that trifecta, it's still not clear that the Bush juggernaut would be stopped. Let's not forget that Republicans won big in the mid-term election despite the economic slowdown, despite Enron, despite being told another attack is a certainty, and despite being somewhat divided on a war in Iraq.

Silly voters.

Jim Carville was wrong. It's not just about the economy, stupid. Clinton's impeachment-era defenders were wrong. Character and trust do matter. The New York Times was wrong. President Bush is sharp, engaged, and tenacious. But this same crew may have a point when they collectively insist that the President's sustained popularity, and the recent election results, do not signal a major ideological shift in America. The conservative shift actually began in 1980 with Ronald Reagan.

During his two terms in office, Bill Clinton pledged to reinvigorate the Democrat party, which would then reorient the country politically. Instead, he left his party on life support and energized the country's conservative core. Even what Clinton claims as his notable accomplishments sound more like Republican ones--a balanced budget, a thriving business sector, NAFTA. For eight years, liberals were wrapped in duct tape.

This reality puts Democrats in an untenable position. The party's hard core left wants out of the ice box. They want to be unleashed on President Bush. But liberalism isn't selling. So they need a crisis. Yet in recent times of crisis, the country has rallied behind President Bush. So which way to turn?

The UN, the Ivy League and international conferences come to mind. Ho, ho, ho.


Magniloquent, adj. Lofty and extravagant in speech.

As in--

John Kerry's magniloquent interchange with Tim Russert served only to remind us of why we like George Bush's plainspoken approach.

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dimocrat; dinosaurs; liberal
"San Fran Nan" , Paleozoic liberal" LOL!

So true, these guys are all dinasaurs.

1 posted on 12/02/2002 8:11:49 PM PST by FBD
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To: Formerly Brainwashed Democrat
More on Kerry.

"One of those was John Kerry, Vietnam Navy veteran and aspiring politician who had been among those who organized the protest. Kerry flung a handful of medals - he had received the Silver Star, a Bronze Star Medal, and three Purple Hearts - over the fence. Kerry spoke later that week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, putting a face on the antiwar movement far different from the one seen before - the scruffy hippie or wild-eyed activist. Kerry represented the All-American boy, mentally twisted by being asked to do terrible things, then abandoned by his government.

From start to finish, the public took Dewey Canyon III at face value, not understanding that they were watching brilliant political theater. Kerry, a Kennedy protege with white-hot political aspirations, ascended center stage as both a war hero and as an antiwar hero throwing away his combat decorations. His speech, apparently off the cuff, was eloquent, impassioned.

But years later, after his election to the Senate, Kerry's medals turned up on the wall of his Capitol Hill office. When a reporter noticed them, Kerry admitted that the medals he had thrown that day were not his. [see footnote #209] And Kerry's emotional, from-the-heart speech had been carefully crafted by a speechwriter for Robert Kennedy named Adam Walinsky, who also tutored him on how to present it. TV reporters totally ignored another Vietnam veteran, Melville L. Stephens, a former aide to Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, chief of Naval Operations, who that same day urged the Senate not to abandon America's allies in South Vietnam. "

2 posted on 12/02/2002 8:15:07 PM PST by prognostigaator
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To: Formerly Brainwashed Democrat
" liberals like San Fran Nan,"

I love it.
3 posted on 12/02/2002 8:20:47 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: prognostigaator
I understand he is now going by John F. Kerry.
Got to identify with those Kennedy boys, don'tcha know...
4 posted on 12/02/2002 8:22:20 PM PST by FBD
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To: Formerly Brainwashed Democrat
I heard Sean Hannity inadvertently call him John Kerredy. Now I suppose he is going to want to be called John F. Kerredy.
5 posted on 12/02/2002 8:26:03 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
I think Laura Ingraham has just stuck Pelosi with a nickname...
6 posted on 12/02/2002 8:26:13 PM PST by FBD
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To: Formerly Brainwashed Democrat
Yes, Senator JFK(erry) wants to lead his party, and a grateful America, triumphantly across that bridge to the twentieth century.
7 posted on 12/02/2002 8:28:35 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Texas Eagle
John F. Kerredy, or Kennedy?..heh, heh.
I wonder if Hannity did that on purpose?
8 posted on 12/02/2002 8:32:22 PM PST by FBD
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To: hinckley buzzard
"triumphantly across that bridge to the twentieth century."

Yes, we all know how good Kennedys are at crossing bridges!
"C'mon Teddy, let me out of this car!"

9 posted on 12/02/2002 8:36:04 PM PST by FBD
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To: Formerly Brainwashed Democrat
I don't think Hannity said it on purpose. He corrected himself immediately. But still.
10 posted on 12/02/2002 8:37:58 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Formerly Brainwashed Democrat
You really can't have it both ways, war hero and peacenik. And then say you'd be a better commander in chief than GWB.
11 posted on 12/02/2002 8:40:22 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Formerly Brainwashed Democrat

12 posted on 12/02/2002 8:55:12 PM PST by Nick Danger
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To: Nick Danger
Aside from the funniest cartoon I've seen in decades!... Laura has hit the truth seam with a flurry. The democrats are raising their negative rhetoric in anticipation of their allies, the terrorist, murdering a few thousand more Americans ... an act not even the immortal al goreghoul couldn't have prevented had he ascended to the WH in 2000. What the despotic democrats will then seek to accomplish is nothing less than the blame game to the Nth degree, blaming the current administration and seeking to take control by 'the will of the people'. If they succeed, America will be no more. Period.[I would bet that every one of us who acknowledged voting for Bush was assautled by a friend or relative who swore that Bush would send us into war and that al goron would have prevented it! Liberals!... There are none so blind as they who will not see.]
13 posted on 12/02/2002 9:09:30 PM PST by MHGinTN
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To: Nick Danger
HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! That was great!
14 posted on 12/02/2002 10:01:44 PM PST by Terridan
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