Kill the Gift Horse
Every time Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid talks, they confirm my fears; despite the many opportunities Republicans are giving the Democrats for taking over Congress (Abramoff scandal, soaring deficit spending, unpopular president), the Democrats will do everything they can to blow this chance.
Nancy Pelosi, in her very finite wisdom, has announced that if Democrats take control of the House, they will launch investigations into the Bush Presidency. These investigations would look into Cheney’s energy task force and the intelligence Bush used to go to war in Iraq. This move appeals only to the base – and with that strategy, the Democratic Party will remain the minority party. In order to win the moderates that are necessary to win control of the House, Democrats will need to show that they are forward thinking. Party leadership has to show that we have a vision for the country that is about more than attacking a President whose approval rating is miserably low. This isn’t the way to do it.
The Slate post where I first read about this also mentions how this strategy plays into the hands of Republicrat Statist Party leadership that wants to use scare tactics to motivate their base to come to the polls. The last thing we need to be doing right now is helping the Republicrat Statist Party turn out the vote when dissatisfaction is high among conservatives.