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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

And the Democrats cave again
Posted by Jill | 3:44 PM
So tell me again why we should vote for Democrats because they're somehow better than Republicans, when again and again and again and again and again they cave to this president with a 25% approval rating? Right now I suspect there are more Americans who support Osama bin Laden than support George W. Bush -- and yet the Democrats are still cowering in the corner in a fetal position:

The Bush administration and congressional leaders closed in Tuesday on a compromise to pay for military operations in Iraq without setting a timeline for troop withdrawal.

NBC News has learned the deal is expected to be quite similar to a measure put forward by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., last week including 18 benchmarks on both political security and economic progress, with reports due from the Bush administration to Congress on July 15th and September 15th.

Sources tell NBC the benchmarks will be tied to Iraqi reconstruction funds, but the president will have the ability to waive the benchmarks.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says the exacting wording of the deal has not been finalized. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is expected to formally present the deal to her caucus late this afternoon.

So what the hell is the point? Have these people forgotten why they were given control of Congress last November? Or are they so terrified of being blamed for the inevitable chaos that will occur in Iraq no matter when we get out that they're in paralysis? Is it all about their careers after all?

I get multiple e-mail blasts every day from an acquaintance who adheres to the "Any Democrat is better than a Republican" doctrine. But is that true? Democrats have rubber-stamped George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominees and turned the court to authoritarianism for the next two generations. They have watched as this president went to war on a lie, turned the Justice Department into an arm of the Republican party, disenfranchised voters, and thrown the Constitution in the garbage. And still they refuse to hold him to account. I'm tired of this "reaching across the aisle" nonsense, because to Republicans, "bipartisanship" means "do it our way." I'm tired of Democrats who capitulate again and again and again and again. From Harry Reid who talks tough and then caves every time, to Mark Green taking over Air America Radio, replacing Sam Seder with "Lionel" and thinking what progressives want to hear is interviews with the likes of David Brooks and Bob the Perennial Loser Shrum, this party just doesn't get it.

And I for one have had it.

I am 52 years old. I do not have children. Let the Republicans and the Democrats who are too concerned with their own fucking careers and their corporate campaign contributions fuck up the whole country beyond repair. I have at most 35 more years in this God-forsaken level of reality. If those with an investment in the future don't care, and those who are PAID to make this government work and keep this president accountable don't care, then why the heck should we?

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