Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

January 6, 2005

by J

Boxer on Board

Well, color me gob-smacked. Senator Barbara Boxer is joining Conyers and other House Dems to force a debate on the Ohio electoral slate. Good for her. (She was the third-largest vote-getter in the country this time around and is not up for re-election until 2010.) This Kos diary describes what happens next.

Is it, could it possibly be the beginnings of an actual opposition party? My well of pessimism and cynism runs cold and deep, but a wee little ember of patriotic hope flickers dimly still, I guess.
Posted by J at January 6, 2005 11:08 AM

I've rarely been happier to admit that I was wrong.

Posted by: Dori at January 6, 2005 07:58 PM

I feel a lot the same way, J! Even such a tiny step as this one is very surprising. Not to rain on anyone's parade, but as Kos notes, the only thing that Senator Boxer's courageous battle is going to accomplish, is that the Republican-dominated Congress will have two separate hearings of about two hours each before they rush to coronate George Bush. Won't even be a footnote in the history books. Nevertheless, even that minor accomplishment seems to loom large compared to how gingerly the Dems in Washington have treated Bush for five years. It's like we live in a Grimm fairy tale, or something, where everyone is afraid to speak up against the king for fear of losing their heads.
Naturally part of the reason for that is because even such a minor digression still earns you a mailbox full of death threats from the radical Right. We can't do anything about how the Right reacts, but so much of the problem is due to how Democrats react. Here's a trip down the Memory Hole: Take a look at the Fox News article describing Boxer's objection. ( http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,143510,00.html ) Then take a look at the Google cache of the same article (,2933,143510,00.html+boxer+object+ohio+vote&hl=en&start=2 ). Notice what got scrubbed? The very last paragraph: "One Democratic leadership source also criticized Boxer, suggesting, 'It would not be preferable for her to object.'"
Err... ***AHEM*** a 'Democratic leadership source'? Can I be forgiven for concluding that was a poorly scrubbed citation of a 'Democratic Leadership COUNCIL source'?
And some days, it's just hard to keep track of the conspiracies. Did Fox scrub that quote because they don't want Democrats to appear at all likeable and reasonable to their Republican readers? Or did the DLC call up and say "Hey, you're gonna take our core voters away from us if you report on how we _actually feel_" ?? WTF??

Posted by: Kevin Wohlmut at January 10, 2005 07:41 PM

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