The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

31 January 2005

Dems in a Pickle

What to do when you're the Democrat Party leadership, devoid of actual ideas and having been clobbered in the last election?

Apparently, you just keep doing things the same way: more Bush-bashing, more mindless, idea-less harping on Iraq and more of the same "leadership" that got their party into its current state of affairs.

Do Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid really think this kind of talk will help to reverse their fortunes? How to find a way for our troops to exit with dignity? What kind of a statement is that?


In remarks at the National Press Club, Reid said that Sunday's elections in Iraq marked "a first step in helping figure out a way that the U.S. can get out of Iraq ... We have to figure out a way to remove ourselves from there with dignity."

Pelosi spoke dismissively of the reception Bush is likely to receive from GOP lawmakers on Wednesday night in the first State of the Union address of his second term. "You really don't have to have very good communication skills if you have a couple of hundred people who will jump to their feet when you recite the ABCs," she said.

"What the president says, the president will be held accountable for," she added.

Together, she and Reid sought to lay down markers on issues likely to dominate the congressional agenda this year -- Iraq and the broader war on terror, as well as Social Security.

Republicans countered not long after the two Democratic leaders finished speaking.

"Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid's obstructionist remarks today were full of pessimism and personal attacks but lacked any vision for winning the war on terror or preserving Social Security for future generations," said Brian Jones, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.


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