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  •  Exactly--I say fuck the public (4.00)
    They've been asleep for the past 5 years and don't deserve to be taken into account on this vote. They'd rather watch some idiot eat live maggots on TV than spend 5 minutes keeping up with the nomination process. We're supposed to take our cues from them? Not!

    One of the many problems Dems have exhibited in recent years is a "finger in the wind" tendency to wait until the public clearly indicates where it wants to be led, and then run ahead to "lead" it. It doesn't work. Even today's lame-ass public doesn't see this as leadership.

    You lead by leading, not following, and taking the lead on filibustering Alito--win or lose--is exactly the sort of thing that will make the public take notice and start respecting Dems again. It's when we DON'T fight that they lose respect for us, not when we DO fight.

    If Bush has taught us anything in his miserable 5 years in office that we might want to learn from, it's that. Until he totally dropped the ball on Katrina, a majority of Americans, however slim and obviously mistakenly, at least gave him credit for his "leadership" skills, because at least he made a pretense at leading.

    I think that Dems, by ACTUALLY leading in a principled fight, stand to gain as much if not even more respect, because this isn't just about politics, but about principle.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:05:23 PM PST

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