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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Monday, November 13, 2006

Okay, So NOW What?

Democrats have won control of Congress; so what do they propose to do with it? Your Liberal Media is hard at work pushing the "triumph of the moderates" and "conservative vs. liberal Democrats" memes, despite a rather distinct lack of evidence for either. Meanwhile. in the vast untamed wilds of the blogosphere, some argue that the time for tea parties is over, by which I take it they mean impeachment followed immediately by tar and feathering, while others suggest an aggressive agenda, but with fewer molotov cocktails. The Carpetbagger recently chewed over the notion that Congressional Democrats could learn alot from how the GOP ran the show, and I agree, with the caveat that the lessons are both positive and negative. My two cents worth is that, if the Democrats are serious about laying the groundwork for 2008, they should take a page from Harry Truman, only in reverse. Pass legislation that is both badly needed and politically popular (the list is pretty extensive and should definately include election and redistricting reform) and (bearing in mind that Dems do NOT have anything like a veto-proof majority) dare the President to veto it. Given the Bush Administration's attitude towards bipartisanship in the past, I would leave it to the White House to extend an olive branch, but take it if sincerely offered. Investigate by all means, this Administration REEKS, but be mindful of the inevitable and defeaning MSM and GOP spin that this is all "politically motivated," and "revenge" and so forth. Don't let disdain for this President outweigh common political sense. Remember Clinton. And above all, be prepared to push back HARD if the White House decides to pick a fight; remember, they will be laying tracks for 2008, too. It'll all be about the "legacy" for Dubya for here on out.

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Blogger Blue said...

redistricting reform. Do you think the Dems will do that? or just leave off the "reform" part? Just asking.

11/15/2006 11:19 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

If they don't, they're fools. Actually, they may be fools, anyway. Non-partisan redistricting will only help the Democrats in the long run, especially in states with emerging hispanic majorities.

11/16/2006 5:36 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

LC, sorry for missing the mention in your post. I've been pretty busy and just caught up on Technorati. So...thank!.

As to agenda. After the initial overtures, the GOP seems to be returning to form. I heard today that the GOP has put the kabosh on government negotiating with Big Pharma for Medicare drug discounts.

11/16/2006 6:42 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

"I heard today that the GOP has put the kabosh on government negotiating with Big Pharma for Medicare drug discounts."

Let them, makes it all the easier to tie the GOP Congress around the neck of whoever their presidential nominee is in 2008. Or better yet, as I suggested, use their own strategy against them and complete freeze them out of the debate. pass bills and DARE Dubya to veto them.

11/16/2006 10:12 PM  

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