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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Big Picture Politics vs. Ideological Purity

Oliver Willis says he's for "big picture politics".

Big Picture Politics

This pretty much echoes where I stand:
Control of the Senate, whether by one vote or a dozen, means a Democratic majority on every Senate committee, Democratic chairmanship of all committees, power to subpoena witnesses when investigating the executive branch, and a number of other procedural powers that must not be left in Republican hands. Winning either chamber of Congress in 2006 would allow us to conduct real investigations of the Bush Administration. The betting markets give us only a 19% chance of retaking the Senate this year, but I think we stand a pretty good chance of getting it in 2008, when many more Republicans than Democrats are up for re-election.

On the left there are apparently two camps - liberals and Democrats. The coalition is responsible for the election of most Democrats but it isn’t a happy one. Very few Democrats in congress meet the liberal litmus test, while those of us who are just Democrats simply want center-left control of the government. The problem is, now that we’re out of control the liberal faction’s main concern is apparently purity over party control. I’ve always said that’s a problem I’m more interested in dealing with after you’ve got majority control. Nowadays, my only litmus test is which party leader the prospective candidate would vote for should they be elected to congress. Right now, if the answer is Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi - that’s good enough for me.

This comes just over a week after he slammed the possibility of Lieberman running & winning his Senate seat as an independent.

He was against Big Picture Politics before he was against it. There seems to be a running theme here with the Left....
That Was Then, This Is Now

John Kerry on the campaign trail, in December 2003, before the Council on Foreign Relations:
I fear that in the run-up to the 2004 election, the administration is considering what is tantamount to a cut-and-run strategy. Their sudden embrace of accelerated Iraqification and American troop withdrawal dates, without adequate stability, is an invitation to failure. The hard work of rebuilding Iraq must not be dictated by the schedule of the next American election.

I have called for the administration to transfer sovereignty, and they must transfer it to the Iraqi people as quickly as circumstances permit. But it would be a disaster and a disgraceful betrayal of principle to speed up the process simply to lay the groundwork for a politically expedient withdrawal of American troops. That could risk the hijacking of Iraq by terrorist groups and former Ba'athists.
Kerry was against cutting and running before he was for it!
Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler