Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Consistency Of Principle


If Votes Fall Short, Dems to Redeploy from Congress
by Scott Ott

(2006-11-07) — As Americans went to the polls this morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, announced that if Democrats don’t achieve a “clear, immediate, overwhelming victory” in the House and the Senate, she will lead them in a “responsible redeployment” from Congress.

“We don’t want to get tied up here for years in a sectarian battle that we can’t win,” Rep. Pelosi said. “Either we get what we want now, or we cut our losses and return to our home states.”

The woman who would be Speaker of the House if Democrats win the majority today, rejected critics who said her remarks were “just another example of cut and run from the Democrats.”

“When you’re in a quagmire,” she said, “with a long history of bitter partisan tensions, it’s foolish to think that if you stay just a little longer you can fix it. The smart and brave thing to do is get out of there”

A White House spokesman said President George W. Bush today offered the same advice to Rep. Pelosi and her colleagues that he’s offered about their strategy all year: “Stay the course.”

This one is great, too:

Voter Fear Mounts as Election Day Approaches
by Scott Ott

(2006-11-05) — A palpable wave of fear swept across the nation today as precinct-by-precinct voters began to realize that Wednesday morning they’ll probably wake up to news that, once again, they’ve elected the representatives they deserve.

“I want to vote for someone with personal integrity, honesty, solid moral character and a vision for the future of this nation that supercedes personal ambition,” said one Pennsylvania voter, “but instead it looks like we’re going to get someone who’s no better than me.”

The anxiety crossed political boundaries as Republicans and Democrats alike admitted that political advertising filled with gossip, innuendo, vitriol and lies was little more than what one voter called “my daily life, on steroids.”

After months of acrimonious debate on the national stage, insult exchanges on internet forums and blogs, and even some house-to-house political combat, many voters have begun to recognize that politicians behave badly toward each other because the U.S. government is “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

“You can pass laws to get the special interest money out of politics,” said one Chicago-area voter, “but that’s not enough. Real campaign reform would have to get the people out of politics. They’re what’s lousing it up, making it shameful. This would be a truly great government if it weren’t for the people in office and the people who elect them.”

Experts concede that while the government is hobbled by the handicap of human nature, it could still do some good if it had some checks and balances, limited power, rule by law instead of men, and if it were all superintended by some authority higher than mankind.

“If we could draft a document that would specify those constraints,” said one Congressional scholar, “Then we’d have the foundation for the greatest nation on earth.”

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