Thursday, February 09, 2006

Dems Continue to Whig Out

Gentle readers know that when SWNID gets around to blogging, we often blog about the dissolution of the party of Jefferson, Jackson, FDR, Truman and Kennedy. Obviously imitating us, the inimitable Jonah Goldberg today sums up the sorry state of the opposition. We delight in the following paragraph:

"A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, but then fail all the more completely because he drinks," George Orwell once observed. This seems to capture nicely the dynamic of the Democrats' shame spiral. Success in politics is measured by winning elections. On this score, Democrats have been failures for a while now. In response, they're getting drunk on a brew of partisanship and Bush-hating.

Where arises a statesman worthy to address this crisis?

It's not Barak Obama. The MSM reports that Obama has now made nice again with John McCain. We say that he officially looks like a fool: ready to play party politics until it's better public relations to play bipartisanship, and then ready to change again as the mood of the moment shifts. This is Clintonesque, and the republic already tried that approach.

SWNID is intrigued by Eric Fingerhut. He's running, probably hopelessly, for the D's nomination for Ohio's governor, and on a most remarkable platform: the elimination of all taxes on businesses in the state of Ohio. We affirm the perspective of Mike Maurer at ThisWeek on this development. Fingerhut is doomed, but perhaps the way that Lincoln was doomed to lose to Douglas for senator from Illinois, or as Maurer makes it out, as Reagan was doomed to lose to Ford in 1976. You can start or restart a party with thinking like Fingerhut's, but it takes a few years.

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