Joe Trippi's article appeared in today's Wall Street Journal and, since many of us are not subscribers, he's provided a copy at JoeTrippi.com.
Since the Democratic Leadership Council, with its mantra of "moderate, moderate, moderate," took hold in Washington, the Democratic Party has been in decline at just about every level of government. Forget the Kerry loss. Today the number of Democrats in the House is the lowest it's been since 1928. Democrats are on the brink of becoming a permanent minority party. Can the oldest democratic institution on earth wake from its stupor?
Here are some steps to pull out of the nose-dive...
"While the German Chancellor is - contrary to earlier reports - apparently planning to visit the US President even before his second inauguration in January, a US human rights group, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, is about to disturb the two governments’ reconciliation efforts.
According to a report by the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau (quoted by The Raw Story, Reuters), the American activists will file war crimes charges in Germany against senior U.S. administration officials - including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet - for their alleged responsibility for crimes committed in the Abu Ghraib prison."
"We are without allies amongst the Iraqi populace, including those who have benefited from the ouster of Saddam. Across Baghdad, Latifiyah, Mahmudiyah, Salman Pak, Baqubah, Balad, Taji, Baiji, Ramadi and just about everywhere else you can name, the people absolutely hate us. . . . The Iraqi people have not bought into what the Americans are selling, and no amount of military activity is going to change this fact."
Now here's a humorous exercise. Several lines are provided by State.com (South Carolina) which were spoken by either the 13th-century Sufi poet OR the current U.S. secretary of defense. Take a wild guess.
In Charlotte, N.C. last night, John Edwards was greeted by about 250 supporters at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Senator Edwards was responding to a question about how he wanted to be remembered. He was quoted as saying: "First of all, I don't want to be a memory". Earlier, at his farewell speech in Asheville, Senator Edwards said that he was vowing to help his wife Elizabeth during her treatment for breast cancer and carry on his own political activism.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Edwards family.
Sen.Edwards is scheduled to be at the Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave., at 11:30 a.m. today. He will hold a town-hall-style meeting for constituents and will hold another in Raleigh at 6:30 at the N.C. Museum of History