A letter castigating Rush Limbaugh for calling troops who disagree with him about the War in Iraq "phony soldiers" has backfired on the senators who signed it. Rush is auctioning the letter on E-bay with proceeds going to an education fund for children of Marines KIA. (The fund has already dispersed $29 million in scholarships--this is significant). Rush has turned the tables on the senators, showing them up as inept grandstanders, just exactly like the senators who signed onto the condemnation of MoveOn.org's Petreus/Betray Us ad. The republicans seem to know instinctively how to seize upon a political opportunity and squeeze every millileter of juice out of it. Democrats, attempting the very same strategy, stumble, bumble and issue incoherent, pathetic diatribes.
The sad fact for America is that the democrat's ineptitude never rises (or lowers) to the incompetence of the republicans when the republicans are actually governing. Why? Arrogance. Democrats are incoherent sometimes because they're always self-reflective. They often change their minds. When they do they're called flip-floppers. Republicans have the luxury of total self-confidence, sure in the knowledge that they are completely, and totally correct in everything they do and think. When is America going to get tired of this mind-set? That's the only thing that will bring about the sea-change necessary to rescue our democracy from the hands of those who place ideology above the law.
Personally, I'm content with the shifting of poles between democrat and republican power. From time to time we need a big bully in the white house in order to show the rest of the world that the U.S. is not to be trifled with. But most of the time, I'm much happier with a democrat who builds bridges (rather than watches them fall down--as the residents of Minnesota know all too well George Bush has done).