THE FAILURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Well, the government's theirs. And I'll bet you expect me to come up with all sorts of reasons why it wasn't the Democrats' fault. Be prepared for a shock: I blame the Democratic party itself.
Apart from whatever might turn out to be the case with Wellstone's crash--which was most likely just an accident in any event--the Republicans simply campaigned very hard. The Democrats didn't offer any credible opposition(and the only one that did died). It appears to me they were desperately concentrating on the senior vote with their bizarre obsession with prescription drugs to the exclusion of all other issues they might have explored. They could have attacked Bush on the economy, where he was most vulnerable. They didn't. They couldn't attack him on Iraq because they showed no opposition(interestingly, the few Demos who did vote against the resolution did well poll-wise by comparison to those who voted for it, showing an amazing, and perversely & deliberately missed opportunity) when it was voted on. They couldn't attack him on the effect of the tax cuts because, well, same story as Iraq.
In the end, they offered no alternative to the GOP for voters, but rather a more spineless, washed-out version of it. They fell right into the trap the GOP set for them and deserve what they got. They're USELESS.
I don't get very angry about this because the reason I'd want the Democrats in any sort of power right now is to offer some kind of counterbalancing force to the GOP. Have they proved to offer anything like that? They haven't. Time after time I watch them voting the way Bush wants, thinking somehow they're weakening him by doing so, and really only doing so because they think it's the best way to hold onto their jobs. But hold onto their jobs to do what? Continue to rubber-stamp Bush while pretending to be an opposition? Christ no. They don't deserve to have their jobs because they're not doing anything. As much as I hate the GOP, I'd rather know what's going to happen and what the party in power's real intents are than trust a fake opposition party only to have them screw me at the last minute as part of some ludicrous strategy of victory-through-appeasement.
Gephardt's going. Good. If Daschle and MacAuliffe go too the party might regain some of its Clinton-era vigor. Because the way things are going as it is, the next step is for Lieberman to be their 2004 candidate, and I would absolutely scream if that happened.
We don't need TWO conservative parties. What were the Democrats thinking? No, this time their failed all on their own and have no Nader to blame. And they deserved it. Unfortunately, the rest of us don't deserve what will come of it. But the Democrats have now incontrovertibly proved they don't deserve to hold power.