Let me quote from the NYT story linked to the title:
“I have been a Republican all my life, but we have just gotten to the point where we may need a change,” said Shannon Abote, an Arvada resident who was stopping at Starbucks for a coffee on Monday morning.
I’ve heard this same garbage in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. And the Republicans still win.
How is that possible, you say? Polls are low for Bush, Cheney’s bald and sneering, and Rumsfeld is old and drunk! How can the Republicans possibly win the House, the Senate, and the White House?!
I’ll tell you how: they’re better than the alternative. Imagine being tied up and having someone with a machete looming over you saying, “I’ll let you decide. I’ll cut off your foot, OR I’ll cut off your feet and your hands.” Which do you choose?
It’s the same dilemma in American politics. The Republican Congress hasn’t really done anything to enamour the American moderate. Or the American liberal. Or the American Conservative. Come to think of it, the Republican Congress really hasn’t done anything at all. Spending is nuts. There are plenty of issues that haven’t been discussed. Voting for a Republican incumbent is just getting hard to stomach.
So then you look at the opponent. Who do we have? People like Ned Lamont, who wants US troops out of Iraq in a year, despite the consequences. And James Webb, who “supports the troops” but not the military action. And Jean Hay Bright, who wants us out of Iraq ASAP and to use the UN to approve all military actions.
And that’s just foreign policy. With 9/11 on the forefront of everyone’s mind, why does the DNC keep nominating people who haven’t the foggiest notion that we are at war? These are the candidates who would have been more than happy invading Afghanistan and then declaring victory.
So, even though it’s a hard, hard choice to punch that little hole for Republican, it’s even harder to do so for the Democrats.
What’s needed is fresh blood. Our political system has worked very well for 200+ years, but it’s time a new party started to form. I’m not talking about the “Reform” party, but a party about common sense. We need term limits to prevent career politicians. We need an overhaul of the system. And the two parties in power aren’t going to be receptive to that.
It will be a grassroots revolution, but, as with all things, it takes time to grow. The ground is fertile for planting, so let’s get the seeds out there and see what the crop is like.