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October 2, 2010 - Ray Hall (Archive)
Teapublicans, except for that fragment of Republicans in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt and Leverett A. Saltonstall whose legacies have been trampled by an angry wave of radicalism, those Teapublicans who feel that I have unfairly chastised them for unremarkable ignorance, cheer up. Those unfamiliar with the name Saltonstall, Google it. Now, Democrats are the subject of my wrath.

Barely two years after running the electoral table and winning the Presidency and both houses of Congress with the largest majorities in modern times Democrats find themselves in a life and death struggle for survival. What has happened to the political party that I have loved ever since I handed out campaign flyers for Democratic candidates at the age of seven?

Let’s face it; ever since the 80s when Ronald Reagan scared fence straddling Democrats they switched strategy and began swimming in the deep end of the polluted money pool with Republicans, the water is just fine thank you. It is easier to raise money for candidates in marginal races when Washington lobbyists approach prestigious members of Congress with bags of what the Supremes call “speech”—money.

Also, AR—After Reagan—Democrats fear they will offend —they have been frightened into believing that as long as they are nice, nice people will vote for them. They should know better. A woman once quipped to twice unsuccessful presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson that he needn’t worry about his presidential campaign because he was certain to get the intellectual vote. “I know that Madam,” he replied, “but I need a majority.”

Harry Truman probably said it best: “When you have a fake Republican on the ballot and a real Republican, voters are going to select the real Republican every time.” We have too many elected Democrats more concerned with their own power and privilege than to express progressive ideas like health care reform or high speed rails. We must accept the fact that we have too many Democrats who are fearful of being associated with Democrats.

Harry Reid has been a United States Senator since 1987 and has risen to the position of Majority Leader, arguable the third most powerful political job in the United States and he is locked in a close reelection with one of the goofiest candidates imaginable All I can say is that if he loses the election to Sharron Angle he doesn’t deserve to hold office.

In another time—— another age, a time of national sanity, or during a time when the Democratic Party stood shoulder to shoulder with “dinner bucket” Democrats neither Ronald Reagan nor George W. Bush would have ever been elected. Both candidates, like Sara Palin, were imminently unqualified for the office they sought. Instead, Democratic candidates sought adoration from the masses, including Republicans, rather than engage in an ugly street fight or in Al Gore’s case to campaign with President Clinton.

Easy campaign money has changed the political process and scuttled local political parties. Candidate searches and political campaigns were taken out of the hands of party apparatchiks and taken over by House and Senate leaders. Democrats were elected just to hold on to power rather than pursue a plank in the party’s platform. No one can dispute that was a successful strategy, but it has left important work unfinished.

Republicans can be blamed for being the party of “no”, but the essential plank to health care reform—the public option—died from the lack of support from stubbornly resistant Democrats in the Senate.



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