23 January 2006

Cheesy Leadership

Has Hillary officially jumped the shark?

Molly Ivins seems to think so. Like many progressives, she’s
grown weary of Senator Clinton’s cynical pandering and
tepid leadership.

Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation
and equivocation. Enough clever
straddling, enough not offending anyone.
This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen.
Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a
clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that
alone is enough to disqualify her. Her
failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to
mention that gross pandering on flag-
burning, are just contemptible little

And it sure doesn’t help that she has a tin ear.

But surely there is someone in the Democratic Party
(besides John Murtha) who understands what it means to
lead an opposition party against a corrupt government
that ignores mainstream American values.

What kind of courage does it take, for
mercy's sake? The majority of the
American people (55 percent) think the
war in Iraq is a mistake and that we should
get out. The majority (65 percent) of the
American people want single-payer health
care and are willing to pay more taxes to
get it. The majority (86 percent) of the
American people favor raising the
minimum wage. The majority of the
American people (60 percent) favor
repealing Bush's tax cuts, or at least those
that go only to the rich. The majority (66
percent) wants to reduce the deficit not by
cutting domestic spending, but by
reducing Pentagon spending or raising

The majority (77 percent) thinks we
should do "whatever it takes" to protect
the environment. The majority (87
percent) thinks big oil companies are
gouging consumers and would support a
windfall profits tax. That is the center, you