Have you noticed after this last election how seemingly desperate and irrational the left have become. Breaking the rules of protest and debate have always been a hallmark of left wing fringe organizations, but lately it has been creeping into the the more mainstream elements of the party. From Reids tacit rejection of Bush's social security reform (before word one of the proposal was presented) to Kennedy's incoherent call for a Iraqi withdrawal one week prior to the election, to Deans "I hate Republicans" speech. The vitriol and rage from the left has been palpable.
One must assume that the loss of the house in 94 and the sound trouncing the Democrats have taken in the last three elections have taken their psychological toll. Rather than spend every waking hour attempting to construct and refine ideas that will appeal to the American people, they have chosen rather, to rant, rale, obstruct, and obfuscate. There are examples every day illustrating how high ranking Democrats are stating positions that are in direct opposition to statements they made just a year or so ago. One cannot win a debate with oneself. These are the actions of a bewildered party that has become intellectually vacuous.
It's almost as if the left feel they cannot afford to take any affirmative position because that could potentially cost them votes. The Democrat party for the last 20 years or so has become a tenuous agglomeration of varied and diverse special interest groups. They have managed, barely, to keep these cohesive. But when you have a 1000 different and divergent constituencies, it is difficult to keep everybody happy. So rather than promote ideas and develop initiatives, they choose only to offer a choreographed but shrill chorus of opposition.
Everday you see more evidence of the rage and frustration that has permeated the grass roots. Richard Pearle got a shoe thrown at him at his debate with Dean. A debate BTW that Dean at first insisted be absent media. The screaming protestors in the House and Senate chambers when the electoral college met. The scores of news reports about disenchanted lefties seeking asylum in Canada. These are the actions of a disparate and desperate group bereft of ideas.
The party of NO is accurate. No joy, No hope, No vision, No success