Monday, July 19, 2004

Party of the Past

Party of conspiracies, party of the race card. Continuing in the tradition of the Kerry campaign, John Edwards traveled to Florida and gave a speech (to a black church) in which he referred to the election of 2000. His implication was, of course, that black votes were intentionally not counted in 2000. Is that the action of a forward thinking party? The defeat of Al Gore in 2000 by such a small margin may be seen in the future as the point at which the truck that is the Democratic party turned directly toward the cliff that they have now driven over. The party has never recovered, thanks in no small measure to the fact that there isn't a single member of the Democratic leadership that can step into Florida without mentioning the recount. Since that time every conspiracy that was once considered looney and laughable has managed to creep it's way into the mainstream of the party. John Kerry mentions Halliburton routinely in his speeches just to keep alive the idea that we went to war to boost their profits. Michael Moore's conspiracy propaganda film has been embraced by leading Democrats including Terry McCauliffe and Tom Daschle, and although John Kerry has not seen the film, he told Larry King he did not have to because he had lived it the past four years. If the Democratic party had not completely derailed into the land of lunacy, his statement would have been tacit to an admission of insanity. But as the party stands now, after months of Howard Dean screams, red faced rants by Al Gore, Nazi comparisons by George Soros and Moveon.org, and the reliving of the Florida re-count over and over, the statement by Kerry he has lived in an international conspiracy the past four years goes unnoticed and without comment. This party is not fit to lead this country in wartime.

Before you pull the lever for a Democratic candidate, think long and hard about what the party has become.