Democrats: Get Up and Walk Out
By William Rivers Pitt
Sunday 22 January 2006
. . .
Understand this, congressional Democrats, and understand it well:
you are not dealing merely with a body of political opponents in
the GOP. You are dealing with a group of people that want you
exterminated politically. The days of walking the halls of the
Rayburn Building, sharing a bourbon with a colleague from the
other side of the aisle, and hammering out a compromise are as
dead as Julius Caesar. Collegiality is out. Mutual respect is
out. They want you gone for good. Erased. Destroyed.
And you have been far too polite about this. The writing has been
on the wall for a while now. Back in 1995, Republican Senator Phil
Gramm said, "We're going to keep building the party until we're
hunting Democrats with dogs." That was eleven years ago. If you
listen close, you can hear the beasts baying in the distance,
waiting to slip the leash. Your limp tactics in the face of the
assault upon you, your vacillation, your strange hope that maybe
the GOP will be nicer tomorrow, has left you all smelling like
. . .
I know you believe the Abramoff scandal is going to be your bread
and butter in the upcoming midterm elections. I hate to break it
to you, but you have already been outflanked. The television
nitwits have flooded the airwaves with the meme that this is a
"two-party scandal," despite the fact that Abramoff would have
sooner lit himself on fire than give money to a Democrat. As you
have been collectively incapable of setting the record straight in
public, with the exception of a two-minute crunch between Howard
Dean and Wolf Blitzer on CNN that left Blitzer spluttering
impotently, understand that "this scandal affects both parties" is
now commonly accepted fact all across the land.
. . .
In all likelihood, however, the White House won't even need to
derail the Abramoff investigation to save Republicans from their
ridiculous greed. Did you see the Washington Post headline from
Friday? It read, "Rove: GOP to Use Terror as Campaign Issue." In
reality, the headline should have read "GOP to Use Terror as
Campaign Tactic." Once again, the Republicans are going to try to
win midterm elections by scaring the hell out of the American
people. This time, the fear factor will center around Iran and
nuclear weapons. [It will be augmented by ample election fraud.—Bojo]
. . .
The intelligence specialists in the United States, Germany and
Israel all agree that Iran is between three and five years away
from being able to manufacture nuclear weapons.
. . .
But "three to five years" isn't going to help the GOP win the
midterm elections. They need things to be scary, and they need
things to be scary now. The same right-wing groups that ginned up
the fantasy that Iraq was laden with weapons of mass destruction,
and was an imminent threat, are now at work building up a martial
froth about Iran. They did this in time for the midterms last
time, and are preparing to do it again.
. . .
You've been outflanked, Democrats. Abramoff won't help you, and
the noise machine is preparing to terrorize the American people
into such a distracted state that anything you say in the next ten
months will be lost amid the howling. The midterms are pretty much
a done deal, and your continued marginalization will proceed at
You can stomp your feet and yell at the wall. You can put your
head in your hands and weep. You can sit silently and be simply
satisfied that your own job-for-life is secure, thanks to your
friendly district back home, and be damned to actually doing
anything of substance. In other words, you can continue to do what
you've been doing since this outrageous assault on basic American
Or you can stand up.
It takes a spine to stand up. Find yours. Get up and walk out of
the State of the Union speech. Turn your backs on the blizzard of
lies and empty promises that are sure to pour forth from that
podium. Give it exactly what it deserves.
. . .
It is going to be necessary, unfortunately, to split the country in
two to fix it. This is a reality that the 'bring people together'
Democrats refuse to accept. It's better if they take the initiative
with such a bold action as walking out on Bush, but instead the
Democrats will continue to be reactive to Bushist actions, and will
whine about being a 'minority party'.
I don't have a lot of hope for the midterm elections. I have a real
sense of dread, though without losing all hope.