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In what is surely forcing the White House to cringe, moderate Republicans are staging a coup on Capitol Hill across the board. The administration continues to call for tax cuts for the wealthy and benefit cuts for the poor. They're trying to get Congress to allow torture while saying they don't. As one Senator pointed out, the American people are starting to perk up and ask what hell is going on. It may not last long but we need to take while we can get it.
While I am progessive myself, I recognize the majority of the nation is moderate. They like general, middle-of-the-road stuff, that doesn't cramp their style. The administration is causing all kind of problems right now and they're paying for it. All their people who enforce the agenda are in trouble in one form or another and if the administration hopes to achieve anything in the next 3 years, they'll need to get ahold of it.
That being said, the Democrats haven't gained control of the agenda either. It's sort of up in the air. They're working on it but some Republicans, like John McCain are also trying to seize control. Karl Rove and Scooter Libby in the White House can work they way the once did. Bill Frist never had it in him and Tom Delay was called "The Hammer" for a reason. None of the Republican leadership in the House right now has the clout to do it. This is a key time for Nancy Pelosi to slowly start gaining some control. She might be already. Senator Reid is doing a decent job but he's not there yet. His closing the Senate was a brilliant move because it took Frist totally off guard and rattled his cage(another sign he doesn't need to be president). The Dean or the Clintons or whoever is running the party needs to begin their pushing now and building steam and they need both TV face time and also grassroots efforts. I think that's what we come in.
There's a long way to go but the Republican coalition is fracturing and it's time for the Democrats to start working before the Republicans can regroup.
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:13 PM
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