It has been 5 years of Bush. For a long time the Democrats have been playing prevent defense against the GOP as if the Democrats are somehow “ahead” on points. What they continually fail to realize is that they are not playing cricket or backgammon, with a nice set of rules. Politics is total war. In World War II, Joseph Goebbels delivered a speech after the German defeat at Stalingrad.
He talked about sacrifice.
The problem is freeing soldiers for the front, and freeing workers for the armaments industry. These are the primary goals, even at the cost of our standard of social life. This does not mean a permanent decline in our standard of living. It is only a means to reaching an end, that of total war.
He talked about single-mindedness
Total war is the demand of the hour. We must put an end to the bourgeois attitude that we have also seen in this war: Wash my back, but don’t get me wet! The danger facing us is enormous. The efforts we take to meet it must be just as enormous. The time has come to remove the kid gloves and use our fists. We can no longer make only partial and careless use of [Germaniy’s] potential. We must use our full resources, as quickly and thoroughly as it is organizationally and practically possible. Unnecessary concern is wholly out of place.
That has been the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. The Democrats have been playing parcheesi and the Republicans have been playing for life-and-death.
And the Democrats wonder why they are failing again and again to win elections that should be in the bag. This latest bit of news demonstrates the Repulican determination:
Justice Department lawyers concluded that the landmark Texas congressional redistricting plan spearheaded by Rep. Tom DeLay (R) violated the Voting Rights Act. But senior officials overruled them and approved the plan.
Single-minded determination, sacrifice:
DeLay, the former House majority leader, is fighting state felony counts of money laundering and conspiracy — crimes he is charged with committing by unlawfully injecting corporate money into state elections. His campaign efforts were made in preparation for the new congressional map that was the focus of the Justice Department memo.
Now do the Democrats have to be as corrupt as Goebbels and the Republicans are today? No. But the Democrats need to be as determined and realize that their opponent does not even agree on the same rules as them. Think about Max Cleland (former D-GA Senator). He helped create the Department of Homeland Security. His reward? Bush helped defeat him in 2002.