Updated: With added video from General Wesley Clark and an AFSCME ad airing in Iowa.
In the 2004 election cycle Howard Dean declared himself the representative of “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party“. Dean promised to fight the Ripublicans and to provide flacid Democrats with a backbone to oppose Ripublicans.
This election cycle John Edwards is running as the Naderite wing of a Naderite party – NOT a Democrat. Edwards, in his newest advertisment states
“And we can say as long as we get Democrats in, everything is going to be OK. It’s a LIE. It is not the truth!”
Edwards lately has been battered by Dennis Kucinich who continues to highlight the non-Democratic, non-Progressive Edwards voting record in the Senate. Edwards was a DINO [Democrat In Name Only] in the Senate. Edwards is a PINO [Progressive In Name Only] now that he is outside the Senate. Edwards is NOT running as a Democrat.
Likewise, earlier this year Obama was running as a tentative Naderite. Now Obama has crossed over, in imitation of his mentor Joe Lieberman, and is running as the representative of the Ripublican wing of the Chicago Democratic Party. Recall this Obama Bush moment:
“Part of the problem here is not just George Bush and the White House,” Obama told a crowd of hundreds gathered at a park in Cedar Falls. “We can’t just change political parties and continue to do the same kind of things we’ve been doing. We can’t just go about business as usual and think it’s going to turn out differently.”
Obama absolves Bush of the mess the country is in. Obama wants to blame Democrats too. But of course, Obama who styles himself, without evidence, as a constitutional authority, thinks Bush has not done anything impeachable.
Impeachment as a tactic, is open to argument. Some arguments against impeachment are: there is little over a year in Bush’s term so why bother; impeachment might help the Ripublicans paint the Democrats as crazed; impeachment and a Senate trial could turn into a major diversion from discussion of important issues.
But, while Democrats can argue about the wisdom of impeaching either Bush and Cheney or both of them there is no argument that Bush and Cheney have committed impeachable crimes and that they have committed intentional, grave breaches of presidential authority.
Impeachment is equal to an indictment which then proceeds to a trial in the Senate for determination of guilt or innocence. The violations of Buch and Cheney’s oaths of office to protect the constitution, violations of law in spying on Americans, questions on torture and Iraq – all reach the constitutional threshold of impeachment and trial in the Senate.
Obama attacks Democrats, wants Democrats to share the blame, but protects Ripublicans and Bush from the full responsibility they deserve.
OLBERMANN: The last time a politician claimed to be a uniter and not a divider, it was George W. Bush. Better luck next time. Our fourth story tonight, our “Countdown” to 2008, and since the uniter title is available, Barack Obama is picking up the theme. The Illinois senator saying one of the reasons he decided to run for president because Hillary Clinton is too divisive to get the country out of what he calls our ideological gridlock.
Senator Obama telling the “Washington Post”: “I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can. That is not entirely a problem of her making. So of those battles in the ‘90s that she went through were the result of some pretty unfair attacks on the Clintons. But that history exists, and so, yes, I believe I can bring the country together in a way she cannot do.”
Ironically, it is the same line of attack on Senator Clinton used by the White House after a new campaign ad said the middle class and even the troops are invisible to President Bush.
Democrats need a viable counterattack and a solid leader to roust the Ripublicans and inspire independents. Hillary is that leader.
Obama? AWOL – Obama is never there when you need him.