Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ouch, the Truth Hurts

Note: the following is a candid responce to the Splinters Team New Year's email.

A note from a Fighting Irish:

Guest Blogger: Bill Daly, Chair, 72nd Assembly District Comm.

Dear Lou:

Thank you for your upbeat attitude and encouraging words for next year.

Realistically, however, where are our Democratic leaders across the country in this heyday of Republican chaos, dilemma, and incriminations? If the situation were reversed Karl Rove and every Republican representative would be going for the Democratic jugular.

Frankly, in my opinion, our Democratic leaders are not leading as forcefully as they should.

What is holding them back?

Many a Republican figurehead like Ralph Reed is in political jeopardy. Is any Democrat pouncing on that son of a bitch in Georgia, especially after he crucified our Democratic war hero to gain office?

Can you tell me who is activating across the country?

The wave of political tide is in our favor; when are we going to start to ride it?

Where is our Democratic counterpart to John McCain?

Again, I appreciate your positive attitude, but I'd prefer to see a substantive base of support from our leaders to warrant it.

I'd rather wish you a Successful Year than a Happy one.

Critically yours,
Bill Daly


Blogger bladerunner said...

There are plenty of Democratic leaders kicking Republican kiesters...Pelosi & Reid are at it non-stop in D.C. When the Republicans were out of power the GOP activists made the same complaint.....then Newt skillfully rode the wave in 94 with a brilliant effort to nationalize the congressional elections with the COntract for America. Its not theat the GOP leadership was quiet before that....most people weren't listening---either too content or too disinterested and too opposed to much of the GOP agenda.
Dems are facing the same struggle....their leaders have been crying out in the wilderness like Jeremiah. 9-11 and the initial strong support for the Iraq war, coupled with sucessive weak presidential campaigns in 200 & 2004, the Dems mishandling of the Iraq war issue and the publics objections to some of the Dem agenda(never met a defense policy they wouldn't cut, death penalty opposition, opposition to parental notification and consent, image of being soft on crime, etc)left the Dems out of the power game nationally.

Blame the leadership? Well, you have to I suppose, just like you blame the manager for being the bridesmaid too many times. But they have been out there, people just haven't been listening. You have to hope that the McCain counterpart you ask for emerges from the considerable talent pool that exists notwithstanding being out in the political wilderness the past decade nationally. It will probably be found at the state level where Democratic Governors have made substantial progress in governing well.

In the meantime, don't follow leaders, watch your parking meters.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Lou Delgado said...

Super commentary Mr. Daly.


1:25 PM  

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