Saturday, August 13, 2005

Lying Condoned on the Left

Democrats find weakness in the pulling of the outrageous NARAL ads from CNN. I hope they keep thinking that way.

Democrats Conflicted on Playing Rough

The decision by the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America to pull an incendiary ad attacking President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court has produced a fresh round of recriminations within the Democratic Party and a return to a nagging question: Has the opposition lost its nerve?

As the Washington Post ponders whether the pulling of a blatantly false advertisement aimed at slandering a SCOTUS nominee shows Democrat’s weakness, the rest of us wonder, how could anyone support such an ad?

When conservatives complained about the ad -- which suggested that nominee John G. Roberts Jr. condoned violence against abortion clinics -- a number of prominent liberals joined in the criticism and elected Democrats ran for cover rather than defend the ad, which was dropped.

I suppose that had there been a shred of truth to the accusations, Democrats may have stood their ground. The fact that they ran for the hills showed good judgment, not weakness.

Amid similar criticism against another controversial ad, most Republicans brushed aside demands to repudiate Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that had taken aim at John F. Kerry's war record. Some Democrats said the difference revealed on their side an ambivalence about modern political combat that helps explain why their party is out of power.

Keep believing that. It is amazing that there is so much angst over the pulling of a lie filled ad. I suppose that the writer is convinced the Swift Boat Vets were lying as well.

"Republicans don't mind running an ad that's entirely false, but Democrats have never learned, and I'm not sure many of them want to learn, how to play that kind of politics," said Robert Shrum, an adviser to several Democratic presidential campaigns.

The delusions of the left make for great entertainment. The notion that the Democrats are somehow above the fray is a joke. If I were in charge at the DNC, I would fire Shrum immediately, for his view is a loser for sure.

Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, who like Shrum favors hardball politics, protested that "we Democrats bring a well-thumbed copy of Marquess of Queensberry Rules while the other side unsheaths their bloody knives, with a predictable outcome." Lehane said the NARAL ad "was great, and exactly the type of offensive that breaks through in the modern age."

You have got to be kidding me. I would fire her too.

Few who remember the treatment of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas or Newt Gingrich would assert that Democrats have trouble being mean.

I can’t read anymore of this. Finish it up if you like. The writer is obviously of the notion that Democrats should run themselves off of the Howard Dean cliff by making insanely ridiculous accusations against Republicans, justified because of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. I hope the Democratic establishment sticks with that line of thinking because it will get them killed come election time.

The fact is that the lack of aggression is not what loses elections for Democrats. Outdated ideas, false reality and terrible candidates are what they need to fix. Otherwise, they are doomed to minority status for the foreseeable future. If the left wants to eat its young, who am I to stand in the way?