26 March 2005

WashingtonPost.com: "Where Are the Democrats?"

As the dust begins to settle in the Schiavo saga, which will probably be shortly followed by a violent dust storm within the next week, more and more talking heads on television are discussing the ramifications of the Schiavo situation for both major political parties. Already, experts are starting to grade the Republicans and Democrats, and the results are nearly unanimous. The Republicans lost big time on this issue; the Democrats ... who cares. They no longer play a role in Washington politics.

In a discussion this morning on MSNBC, conservative icon Patrick Buchanan and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein discussed the actions of both parties and like usual, the Democrats came out the losers. Buchanan emphasized that the GOP's approach, while flawed at times, was consistent with its pro-life position. This opinion could have easily been disputed, but of course it wasn't. Epstein wasn't able to make any arguments on behalf of the Democrats and even conceded that the Democrats missed a huge opportunity to actually stand for something.

The panel then discussed a Washington Post article by columnist Richard Cohen entitled "Where Are the Democrats?" In Cohen's piece, he exhibits his clear disappointment with the Party of the People for their shameful absence from the Schiavo debate. His column essentially acknowledges that the Schiavo situation is a difficult issue, but one that leaders would face courageously, not avoid. Where was John Kerry and Hillary Clinton?, asks Cohen. He sadly acknowledges that the only national leader for the Democrats during this debacle was Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts). While Congressman Frank is an honorable and intelligent man, Cohen points out that an openly gay liberal from the northeast may not be the best spokesman for the Democratic Party as a cultural war rages in America.

Cohen never hides his disappointment throughout his column, and he never pulls any punches. Cohen says, "But for me the real loser was the Democratic Party. It showed that it's almost totally without leadership. If there is a national figure (other than Frank) who stood up and took on the GOP in this matter, his -- or her -- name does not come to mind." Ouch!

Richard Cohen's column will probably be the first of many columns in coming weeks that will identify the Democratic Party's weakness on this issue. Before, most have just seen the Democrats as weak on national defense and foreign policy. Then the party's failure to produce a competing plan to the president's has caused an erosion in its typically high approval numbers regarding the issue of social security. Now, the Democrats have another issue to add to their list of weaknesses.

The Democrats need to find their voice, and they must do so soon. If not, they'll sadly be joining the Whig Party in the history books.

8 Comments:

Anonymous tdog said...

This is a little harsh, but kinda true. I think the Dems will get it eventually. I just hope they do something soon.

11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator David Aronberg was on Hannity and Colmes last night and did an incredible job. There are some Democrats that are handling this issue with some guts.

11:34:00 AM  
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