Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Circular Firing Squad

Or is it a suicide squad? Either way, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen perceives that the Democratic Left has gone loopy, and the likely victims are centrist Democratic officials. Read up on it at Captain's Quarters or Ankle Biting Pundits.

Stories like this make me more confident about the efficacy of Republican congressional candidates challenging their opponents on things like impeachment. Hopefully, national Democrat leaders will continue to talk about it - raising the profile of this 'issue.' And stories like this from Richard Cohen make clear that there can be no good answer.

The Democrats face a serious problem with their venomous base. If not de-fanged, it will hamper their national efforts for years to come. The circular firing squad tolerates no disagreement - even from the man who revived Al Gore's presidential campaign when it looked dead in the water.

2006 is the best opportunity the Democrats have had in years to make big gains at the national level, and there are already clear signs that they will underperform.

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