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Well, I hung up 30 minutes in. I had heard the senatorial exhortation, heard the questions (little left to say) on the Kennedy blogger call.
This is an uphill battle, but one in which we can at the very least achieve a moral victory.
Approached with principle, with passion, and with vigor, a moral victory is not a hollow victory.
As Senator Kennedy told us, "You don't ever lose fighting for principle, for what is decent and right. You don't ever lose when you have the power, the force of being correct."
Now let's get back to work!
But, I had watched Kennedy's face each day of the hearings, the day he gave his floor speech against Alito. If you can believe it, he first spoke in the slot reserved for Byrd, then was interrupted and moved aside for Bobby Byrd....
I am sure these are bitter days, they look to be intensely bitter.
I also heard and saw lack of will, any will, in Reid on Thursday, others saw hints of smiles and "something up his sleeve". There is false hope and there is just plain false.
Political assessment will vary. Atmospherics. Shrum produced speeches... ''The dream shall never never die... ''
What of legacy? So important in politics - and it seems we are for dynasties. All the big battles foreseen since Reagan (another enemy dismissed as ''stupid'') ascended to national power have come. They were not met... or met slightly, in the margins.
A Democratic majority, with a Democratic Chair of the Judiciary delivered us Clarence Thomas. 11 crossed the aisle, the vote 52-48. The Republicans can count on the Democrats. Enough of them, every single day.
Hardest of all, there were so many martyrs across the years.
Would that there were strength for a filibuster. "Saving" it last spring indeed did not save it.
Others see it differently...
I hope some of the comments I'm reading around the blogosphere aren't reflections of of a knee jerk cynicism on the part of Democrats who have fallen in love with their assessment that they are superior to their elected leaders.
This is a very dangerous state of mind.
No, it is called schism. Long, long overdue. The Democratic party partitioned itself in the wake of the '72 election... Bob Strauss purged the left organisations from the great Rolodex at the DNC. The Republicans folded in their movement conservatives, they purged their party, slowly - level by level, of moderate Republicans: they are only extremists now. The "moderates" who remain happily embrace "winning" and are not troubled at all by virulent racism, propaganda reminiscent of asbestos insulation (it's killing us, it is cancerous) and murderously low taxes.
Ante-bellum uber alles.
There is always a "noble cause". South Carolina is the litmus test in the Republican primary system and one must genuflect, or the christians will lie about you. Genuflect in any direction, pray the pogrom does not sneak up while you are in pious mode (eyes shut). Unregulated, deregulated Mammon, truly and absolutely is their god.
A broad spectrum Democratic party would have had a chance to be strong. Fractious, messy, no one ever promised a formal rose garden with the Democrats.
Really, not hard to separate from hollow.
UPDATE: Sunday 11:12 AM PT:
Mike the Mad Biologist has commented on this post.
And while I did not address the Kerry factor (frankly, this Davos to DC episode is... epilogue) Bruce Webb does in a comment or two at MyDD.