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  •  Still missing the distinction (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think I'm missing anything when I can't recognize the essential humanity in Rick Santorum.  Or Ralph Nader.  Bad, bad people.  

    •  Santorum, Nader, us, etc. (0+ / 0-)

      I am glad Santorum lost, probably for the same reasons you are.  But consider this:

      For there has been at least one constant in Washington over the past 12 years: almost every time a serious piece of antipoverty legislation surfaces in Congress, Rick Santorum is there playing a leadership role. . . .

      More recently, he has pushed through a stream of legislation to help the underprivileged, often with Democratic partners. With Dick Durbin and Joe Biden, Santorum has sponsored a series of laws to fight global AIDS and offer third world debt relief. With Chuck Schumer and Harold Ford, he's pushed to offer savings accounts to children from low-income families. With John Kerry, he's proposed homeownership tax credits. With Chris Dodd, he backed legislation authorizing $860 million for autism research. With Joe Lieberman he pushed legislation to reward savings by low-income families.

      In addition, he's issued a torrent of proposals, many of which have become law: efforts to fight tuberculosis; to provide assistance to orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries; to provide housing for people with AIDS; to increase funding for Social Services Block Grants and organizations like Healthy Start and the Children's Aid Society; to finance community health centers; to combat genocide in Sudan. . . .

      Bono, who has worked closely with him over the years, got it right: ''I would suggest that Rick Santorum has a kind of Tourette's disease; he will always say the most unpopular thing. But on our issues, he has been a defender of the most vulnerable.''

      Sure, the above is by David Brooks, whom you may not consider human either, and whom I certainly consider generally too conservative.  Still, facts are facts.

      And before Nader went off the deep end, he got a lot of good stuff done for a lot of people.  I suspect there are hundreds or thousands of people alive and healthy in America who have NOT been injured or killed thanks to consumer-protection laws Nader and his allies helped push through.

      We Democrats will not always be in charge. Even now, we don't have enough votes to override a veto or break a filibuster.  We'll simply get more of what WE want if we learn to find common ground with others.

      -4.25, -4.87 "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

      by HeyMikey on Fri Nov 10, 2006 at 09:47:06 AM PST

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