I found it disturbing when people would defend some of our mistakes in Iraq by claiming we were better than Saddam, as if our goal was merely to be somewhat less evil than an authoritarian dictator who gassed his own people and ran rape rooms in his torture prison. It appears the Democrats are using a similar strategy going into November: at least we’re not as bad as the GOP, right?
When DNC chair Tim Kaine was on the Daily Show a week or two back, Jon Stewart rightly lambasted him for the absurdity of their “Don’t give them the keys” approach. Kaine had no real retort other than the tired statements of GOP perfidy. Sure, the GOP did a lot of stupid venal petty shit during their years in power. So, Dems, what are you doing different? They don’t seem to have a very compelling argument in their favor.
I could list all the ways in which I’m disappointed in the current administration and the Democrats in Congress, but Glenn Greenwald has a great piece today which has many nice links and great points to make. Unlike some of his articles, this one is not biased against the GOP. Greenwald is very clearly documenting the failures of the Democratic party, and even if you’re happy to see the Dems fail, it’s interesting to see in one place all the many ways in which they are using fearmongering and low expectations to try to hold onto power (power they haven’t really taken advantage of while they had it).
Change you can…definitely not see.