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  •  'if we're quiet enough... (9+ / 0-)

    Republicans will do themselves in and we'll benefit."

    It's like that bit in the Daily Show last week Ed Helms said something like "If a guy is hitting me in the head w/ a hammer, why should I fight back? I should just stand there b/c sooner or later he is going to hit himself in the head w/ the hammer and knock himself out"

    Hilarious. (but very very sad)  

    It's not easy being a Floridian.

    by lawstudent922 on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:02:45 AM PST

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      being a totally incorrect analogy.  its more like republicans are hitting themselves in the head, not hitting you on the head

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      by FleetAdmiralJ on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:20:40 AM PST

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      •  They've been hitting us in the head for over 5... (1+ / 0-)
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        years now.  It's only in recent months that they're occasionally starting to hit themselves, too.  At some point in time, a party must define itself by what it is rather than by what it is not.

        Since you appear to be into analogies, it's long past time to follow Carville's advice of throwing an anvil to our opponents as they're drowning.  Feingold just threw one at them--it's hard to understand why others don't seem to understand the concept.

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        by RFK Lives on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:48:21 AM PST

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        •  the problem is (0+ / 0-)

          how is censure an anvil? even if it passes it does nothing, and people will forget about it by November.

          I agree with you with the anvil statement...except I don't see what anvil we can throw out.  The republicans are self-destructing on their own.

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          by FleetAdmiralJ on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:52:11 AM PST

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        •  Take the ball and run with it (0+ / 0-)

          They've been hitting us in the head for over 5 years now.  It's only in recent months that they're occasionally starting to hit themselves, too. "

          Now that they're hitting themselves in the head, why not wait to see if they manage to correct their aim before wresting the hammer from their hand?

          At some point in time, a party must define itself by what it is rather than by what it is not.

          I agree with this statement 100%.  But how does censure define Democrats as anything other than the not-Bush?  Especially given that the Repubs will spin it as "weak-on-terrorism".

          it's long past time to follow Carville's advice of throwing an anvil to our opponents as they're drowning.

          I don't see how "define itself by what it is" == "throwing an anvil".  

          •  How about, we believe in obeying the law... (0+ / 0-)

            our opponents don't.  It's a simple concept.  We're told that Americans are hungry for "values" these days.  How about a basic American value--obey the laws of this country, and if you don't like a particular law, try to change it.  That goes double if you're the president and your party controls both houses of Congress.

            From day 1, this WH has taken the position that the law doesn't apply to it.  A large swath of the GOP "leadership" has taken the position that obeying the law and playing by the rules is for suckers.  FISA happens to be a law that the WH has brazenly violated.  Censuring W for his open disdain for the basic concept of the rule of law highlights that fact.

            Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

            by RFK Lives on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 12:11:27 PM PST

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      •  It's more like (2+ / 0-)
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        The Republicans running around the Pottery Barn that is America swinging sledge hammers as hard as they can.  Sometimes they hit other Republicans, sometimes they hit Democrats, but mostly they just destroy America.

    •  That Daily Show bit (2+ / 0-)
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      That bit was spot on.  That's the Democratic conventional wisdom in D.C. right now.  If you just get out of the way and watch the GOP trainwreck.. then they will mess things up enough and the election will just win itself.  I bet the consultants, staffers, and politicians all think that they're clever by just sitting back and doing nothing.  What a bunch of idiots.

      The Feingold censure debacle has laid this sentiment for all the world to see.  Where's the fight?  Where's the urgency?  The base needs some fuel.  You don't censure the President because you think that will substantially change anything that he does... because it obviously won't.  You censure the President because it's good politics and it's the right thing to do.  That's what credible opposition parties do.. they stand up on principle and make their case to regain the reigns of power.

      Right now the Democrats are just lying on the ground while the drunk is pummeling away.. just waiting for the attacker to knock himself out.

      Why settle for the truth when you can have Truthiness???

      by wintersnowman on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:59:57 AM PST

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