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February 14, 2006

Democrats shoot themselves in the foot again.

While some are gearing up for the challenge given to Senator Allen, (of which they should not get too cocky, as this will be a tough race for Webb as well), others are making the mistake of allowing one of their stronger candidates get away.
"For me, this is a second betrayal," Mr. Hackett said. "First, my government misused and mismanaged the military in Iraq, and now my own party is afraid to support candidates like me."
Democrats get excited with the prospect that Republicans are weak, and are allowing large holes which are giving Democrats an opportunity. The funny thing is, they manage to drop the ball everytime it is handed to them. What's the response? Interestingly, there is a bit of outrage. Lowell is, to be blunt, obviously pissed, and The Stuffed Tiger has this to say:
For a blogger that loves to stand on principle, I find Kos's resigned acceptance of this forced decision disappointing. At a certain point, the Party is lost when it can't run exciting candidates that push the envelope. Perhaps that point is when even Markos and many of this community are resigned to Democrats sniping vets.
I must say that I am surprised that so many of them are that angry over this, but I am also surprised that they did not see something like this coming. The power in the Democratic party is held solely by the most liberal members within the party. They keep the plain-speaking Democrats who more closely resemble your average Democrat away from the real power (Democrats read; "moderate": Republicans read; leaning liberal), believing that their authority will teach us all a lesson. Want Mark Warner as president in '09? Do not bet on it. Though I seriously doubt she will be representing the Democrats, Hillary Clinton has her sights set on the Democratic nomination, and others such as Ted Kennedy and Diane Feinstein will likely aid her in that pursuit, specifically targeting Mark Warner in the primaries. And James Webb might be a favorite now, but how long before he becomes the far-left puts a bullseye on his back?

Democrats could do themselves a favor and vote such politicians out of power, in particular, Kennedy, Clinton, and Feinstein in '06. But there seems to be little reason to believe that any of these three will lose their seats, and while there is no way to tell right now who will be in the White House in '09, the far left wing of that party will continue to drag the rest of the Democratic party down with them.

Not that I am complaining.