1/25/08

Eve Of Destruction
By: Mark W Adams


While a certain nameless blogger believes "Bill Clinton destroyed the Democratic Party," and is not alone in his thinking, the difference in the way the old party mechanism structure was transformed is a far cry from the manner in which ...

George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues. ~Peggy Noonan, WSJ (H.T. FDL)
Nooner gets the breath of Bush devastation right, the fact that Brand GOP is no longer a viable commodity. The rats leaving the sinking ship is further testament to Bush's scorched earth policy.

Moreover, Bush is leaving the country, and not just his party a smoking ruin. Clinton did no such thing.

Interestingly enough however, is the style differences. Clinton's "sin" was the triangulation, a willingness to adopt GOP framing and even co-opt their policy positions in order to conduct the people's business when dealing with a Congress controlled by the other side. George W. Bush has grown even more petulant and stubborn when faced with even the tepid resistance offered by Pelosi/Reid -- never considering any form of compromise.

Come on, the guy even vetoed health care for kids -- one of those bipartisan thingies Broder and the rest of the Village Idiots so admire..

You don't have to like Bill Clinton or his wife. But don't sit there and tell me he "destroyed" the Democratic Party when you see the decimation Bush Rule has wrought on the GOP.
But think of all the hate
There is in red China.
Then take a look around
To Selma, Alabama.
You may leave here
For four days in space,
But when you return
It's the same old place.
The poundin' of the drums,
The pride and disgrace.
You can bury your dead,
But don't leave a trace.
Hate your next door neighbor,
But don't forget to say grace

And tell me
Over and over and over and over again, my friend,
You don't believe
We're on the eve of destruction.
Ah, no, no, you don't believe
We're on the eve of destruction.
~The Byrds

2 Comments:

Trakker said...

Psst. Barry McGuire, not the Byrds.

Mark W Adams said...

Lesson: Never single source ANYTHING.

Apologies to writer/guitarist P.F. Sloan.

The Byrds were just dumb for rejecting this song.