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    wanderindiana, SeaTurtle, Bronx59

    Why might the Republicans not be afraid of this kind of measure?

    Two reasons:

    1.  The Dems are heading for a catastrophic loss in 2008.  Why?  I'll be blunt.  If Thompson is the nominee, he is in a strong position to defeat either Obama or Hillary.   I don't like Thompson one bit.  But he is smart, experienced, corrupt and a good actor.  Obama is young, inexperienced and wooden in comparison.  Hillary is not a great speaker, nor is she particularly likeable.  Just imagine what the debates would look like.

    Nor is Thompson all that likely to be smeared with the crap of the Bush administration -- even though he appears to be Cheney's hand-picked successor.  Thompson now is out of office (i.e., he is not making the decisions now), and plays a tough but fair prosecutor on TV.  Reality will be eclipsed by appearance, and the American electorate is going to give him a "fair shake" even if they detest Bush utterly, totally and completely by 2008.  In short, Thompson has tremendous advantages.

    The consequences would be catastrophic:  If the Dem candidate doesn't win the White House, the chances of losing the Senate and narrow the majority in the House loom large.  Four more years of Republican rule (Cheney style) will sink this Republic and complete it's transformation into a Republican plutocratic dictatprship.  Just think for a moment about the loss of two or more seats on the Supreme Court.  Those 5-4 decisions are no longer close.  They are 7-2 or 8-1.  

    1.  The Democrats are also riddled by corporatist interests -- they bend to business interests too.  Just think about CAFE standards, Dingell on the environment, Schumer on big finance, etc.  As much as we would like to have a people-powered, populist Democratic Party, we don't.  It's not quite as bad as the Republicans, but it is still pretty ugly.

    So.  What does this mean?  We need to look this garbage very soberly and realize that, just as the Religious Right has done, we need to strike terror into the hearts of our Democratic Representatives -- to make this sort of garbage anathema.  

    "Terror is nothing other than justice...; it is ... the general principle of democracy applied to our country's most urgent needs." M. Robespierre

    by Bartimaeus Blue on Thu Jul 05, 2007 at 02:20:06 PM PDT

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