December 12, 2006
“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”
-Won't Get Fooled Again- The Who
Well it looks like our Federal candidates will have an issue to run with, if any are up to the challenge.
Yes the LPM is a state party, with a platform focused on state issues, but we also nominate candidates for US Senate and the US House of Representatives. We also send delegates to a convention that nominates a candidate for president, so here I go thinking globally on how to act locally.
In the recent election, the votes cast for federal candidates became a referendum on the war (I mean police action) in Iraq. Most voters who opposed a continuation of the US occupation did what they always do: Vote for the “other” party. In this case the “other party” was the Democrats.
Within the first few days, Democrats started hedging on their campaign promises. Some even advocated a return to draconian practices like the draft. Now the house majority leader to be, Nancy Pelosi, says she opposes any cuts in funding to the war with Iraqis. She still claims to be against it. This reminds me of the parent who is concerned about her teenager’s drug problem, but refuses to cut off the kid’s allowance.
Finally, the Iraq Study Group report. They started out sounding like they opposed Bush’s policy, but when the veil of harsh rhetoric was lifted, it became clear that they were rubber-stamping Bush’s "Stay the course" approach. Sure they said we need to get out. So did president Bush. When the violence stops. Perhaps in two years when a new president picks up the torch.
Now our federal candidates have a hot topic where (like the MCRI) neither Democrats nor Republicans agree with the majority. We can tell them “I told you so!” when this tragedy has escalated. The problem, as usual will be getting the word out. So federal candidates need to start planning on a plan to penetrate that media barrier.
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