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NEWLY CROWNED KING OF THE WORLD
By David Podvin
defection of James Jeffords is being reported as GOOD NEWS for the
Democrats by the mainstream media.
should be a cause for suspicion right there.
fact, Georgia Senator Zell Miller's newly enhanced leverage could actually be
devastating to those who are against the extremist Bush agenda.
Bush appoints a Robert Bork clone to the Supreme Court. Knowing that this is the
line in the sand for the Democratic base, Daschle and his colleagues feel
politically compelled to oppose confirmation, even if it means filibustering the
so fast. Miller, who has supported every Bush appointment, says to Daschle,
"I feel so strongly that the President (sic) should have his way on
judicial nominees, especially if they are fascistic miscreants like me, that I
will be compelled to leave the party unless you and your wrongly colored,
wrongly gendered, wrongly sexually oriented pauper constituents back off."
such a premise, Daschle and The Democratic Towers Of Pudding could:
Stand up for principle, defiantly waging a courageous battle on behalf of
human rights, personal freedom, and the environment, consequences be damned,
even if it means a personal loss of power (pause for laughter to subside), or
Capitulate, leaving the Supreme Court with a new
who makes Antonin Scalia look like William O. Douglas, or
Attempt to have it both ways by making an insincere gesture of opposition
prior to graciously placing copies of Ebony in the back of every bus in
on recent experience, it would be unwise to bet the rent money on a).
departure of Jim Jeffords from the Republican Party means that the Democrats
will be less likely than ever to aggressively stand for anything that is
anathema to Zell Miller. And these are the invertebrates who already are
afraid to challenge Bush on his attempt to shove the right wing agenda down the
throats of the majority of Americans who rejected it on Election Day. The Miller
factor can only serve to further intimidate the trembling Democratic tribbles.
If history is any guide, then the Democrats are now superbly positioned to cave
in from a position of strength.
Gramm is the senior Senator from Texas. In 1981, Gramm participated in
closed-door strategy sessions with his Congressional Democratic leadership, then
walked over to the Reagan White House and told them everything that the
Democrats were planning to do. Having earned twin merit badges in espionage and
betrayal, he subsequently reregistered as a Republican. This is relevant because
Phil Gramm is cited as the Senate’s most admirable member…by Zell Miller.
a result of the new balance of power, Miller now has his Confederate hands
around the throat of Tom Daschle. He can use his "my way or the
highway" card whenever he chooses.
could be played out on any issue.
This could be played out on every issue.
And that is BAD NEWS for Democrats.
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