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Have the Democrats Finally Discovered the Killer Within?

09.09.2005 11:26 | DISPATCHES

From the Dossier of an Ex-Patriot.

"Knock him out!" progressives scream as Iraq and the price of gasoline have given President Bush a heavy battering at the polls. But when it comes to legislative and vocal opposition, most Democratic congressmen have picked their spots. Presumably they fear alienating their principal sources of election funding -- those large corporations, which hedge their bets, though generally allocating more to the party in power, and fund Republicans and Democrats alike.

But Hurricane Katrina, as Adam Nagourney and Carl Hulse explain in a September 8 New York Times article, "Democrats Step Up Criticism of White House," may have finally provided the Democrats with a pretext to move in for the kill.

They quote house minority leader Nancy Pelosi, whose impressions of a meeting with Bush were unprecedented for a top-ranking Democrat in recent years. "Oblivious. In denial. Dangerous," she said.

Those Republicans who insist on continuing to stand by Bush come off as timid as the Democrats have been. They'll be backpedaling through the 2006 elections to 2008. The administration -- never, at heart truly Republican anyway -- is hanging Republicans out to dry just like it left New Orleans out to soak.


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