Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Not just wrong -- ridiculously silly

Mark Steyn has another funny column which skewers the joke that the Democratic Party has become. I want to stress that the the importance of columns such as these is not that he disagrees with liberals over a policy choice. He is pointing out that the Dems are worse than the bunch that couldn't shoot straight. They are the bunch that shoots themselves.
The DNC's Bush-is-the-reason-your-kid-is-fat press release is a convenient precis of the party's problem: While he runs rings around them, the Dems lounge about getting flabbier by the week and telling themselves it's all his fault they can barely move except to complain about Bush's Supreme Court nominee's kid being overly cute. What's the betting for 2006? The Dems will have a few more "nearly the biggest political upsets," while the Republicans will have the actual political upsets -- a couple more Senate seats? Including Robert C. Byrd's venerable perch in West Virginia?

Republicans may see the increasingly arthritic, corpulent, wheezing, flatulent Democratic Party as a boon for them, but I don't. Two-party systems need two parties, not just for the health of the loser but for that of the winner, too. Intellectually, philosophically, legislatively, it's hard to maintain the discipline to keep yourself in shape when the other guy just lies around the house all day.

The "increasingly arthritic, corpulent, wheezing, flatulent Democratic Party" -- and he was being kind.


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