Wednesday, January 19, 2005

And What Was the Old Strategy Again . . . ? 

Zemblan patriot J.D. forwards the following from the (reliably right-leaning) US News Bulletin, a daily e-mail newsletter sent out by US News and World Report:
US News Bulletin has learned that some Democrats are advocating a new strategy for dealing with the White House: Get out of the way, at least for 2005. The theory is that President Bush and his allies in the Republican-controlled House will go too far in pushing their agenda to partially privatize Social Security, limit the size of lawsuit awards, and accomplish other conservative objectives. Then the Democrats would step in next year, just in time for the mid-term elections, and make the point that the Republicans are zealots who are out of touch with mainstream America. Given the slow pace of legislation, Democratic strategists say their rank-and-file in the Senate, joined by a handful of moderate Republicans, could fight the conservative agenda as too extreme and block GOP legislation in '06 without seeming to be too partisan. "We want to be seen as watchdogs for the average American, not obstructionists," a Democratic insider tells US News Bulletin.
Memo to Democratic insiders: the rope-a-dope is perhaps not the optimal strategy if in round one your opponent has already loosened your brain from its brain pan and laid you out flat on the canvas. What works for Muhammad Ali does not necessarily work for Pee Wee Herman.

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