Saturday, December 17, 2005

Them Dems just don't get it

You get the feeling they don't really have a strategy to win a war ... or even an election. A growing group of a dozen Iraq veterans are running for political office next year -- most as Democrats. The New York Times ran a profile of Maj. L. Tammy Duckworth, a helicopter pilot who lost both legs and partial use of her right arm. She has decided to run for Congress in the west suburban 6th Congressional Distric to replace retiring "Representative Henry J. Hyde, a powerful Republican, in a swath of suburban Chicago that has lately become more Democratic."

According to the article, here is everything she brings to the table:

* She has done a lot of reading about American schoolchildren "losing our competitive advantage" with China.

* She has pondered inequities in America's health care system.

* She had opposed the invasion of Iraq from the start, even though she volunteered for deployment.

* And sounding very much like other losing Democratic candidates, she does not favor the quick withdrawal from Iraq that some Democrats seek. "I think we broke it and we need to fix it," she said.

As for other talking points, here's why we should vote for her:

* "I had my legs blown off in Iraq ... I'm not going to get my legs back, and that's fine, but if that gives me a platform to talk about the things that are important to me, like education and jobs, that's great."

* "My role in the Army gives me the courage to make the tough decisions."

* "Those of us who've served on the ground have a unique perspective on the war and on what it means to serve in combat."

None of this inspires me to vote for her. In fact, the Democrats' reliance on these one-issue political novices with little knowledge of the system and zero experience almost assures more Republican victories in coming elections.

The Tribune ran a piece on Duckworth that pretty much echoed the Times story. In it, U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Oswego says, "I think she's given a great contribution to her country, obviously, and she's a great patriot. But you know, just to bring those people in wholesale to run in districts because of the popularity issue, I wish the Democratic Party would rethink that."

It's weird that Hastert is the only one with good political advice for Democrats. They should listen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, but it is strange that almost all vets returning from Iraq (that are considering running) are running on the Democratic ticket. So we should ask the repubs if they represent the fighting men and women of America along with all that flag waving bullshit, why don't the actual fighters want to represent the republicans. It is a value system, ie the lack of values of the republicans. Sure this duckworth is not the right candidate, esp. since there already is a worthy one that is running, but it is nice that she believes in trying to oust the assholes that led us into this fucked up war.

5:59 PM  
Blogger AP said...

I don't know about that. Republicans who would consider running for an office would never volunteer to serve in the military in the first place ... And the majority of vets that vote Republican are not the type that would run ... I don't think there's any indication that Duckworth or any of the other vets running for office were ever Republican voters. They went in as Democrats and now they all of a sudden think (or the Democratic powers think) that vets are the way to go. It didn't work for John Kerry, and it won't work for these people. What the Democrats need is a real agenda for America, and they need to stop acting like and pretending to be Republican warmongers.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of this inspires me to vote for her. And we already have a strong and experienced candidate in the sixth district. Her name is Christine CEGELIS, and she is a true progressive. Visit her site and donate. She is the Democrat who will win and reclaim the sixth district.

6:06 PM  
Blogger ap said...

I'm curious ... does either Democrat have a real chance in the general election? Isn't the district still a Republican stronghold? If yes, then Cegelis is definitely a better candidate ...

9:38 PM  
Blogger ap said...

I meant, if yes, the Dems have a chance, then Cegelis is the candidate to support

9:39 PM  

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