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Franco is Still Dead, So Are the Democrats
30 June 2005

Posted on 06/26/2005 2:31:21 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob

Those who are long of tooth recall Chevy Chase’s news routine on Saturday Night Live, especially his weekly riff, “Generalissimo Franco is still dead.” That was based on true stories of the removal of assorted organs from the dying General, with doctors’ assurances he was still alive.

That also led to Don Henley’s classic, “Dirty Laundry,” with the lines, “Is the head dead yet? Get the widow on the set....” This is ancient news, but it’s relevant to the Democrats. Like the Generalissimo, that Party has had major organs removed, but is allegedly still alive.

As a student of US history, I’ve researched the life and death of political parties. The Republican and Democrat Parties did not exist at the beginning. Neither is guaranteed by the Constitution. Both are subject to the same failures which put the Whigs, the Federalists, and the Republican-Democrats, among others, on the ash heap of history.

The Democrat Party has finally achieved brain death. For proof, see three points: Howard Dean, Dick Durbin, and the pending break-up of the AFL-CIO. For each, go beyond the speech or action and consider its entire context.

The height of power for labor was marked by the recombination of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955. The combined organization grew in power, in and out of government. The pinnacle may have been the Democrat Convention in 1980 which renominated President Carter, with carefully balanced delegates in all demographic categories except one – union membership. Half of all delegates were union members.

Today, union power has diminished in all ways, including within the Democrat Party. Union membership is at an all-time low in a century, 13% of all workers. Now, the “public service” unions are about to split from their dying cousins, the private sector unions. The eagle on the Seal of the United States clutches 13 arrows in his talon. The lesson is, in union there is strength, but in division there is weakness. The backbone of union power is now broken.

Second, we look at (Dr., Governor) Howard Dean, chosen as Chairman of the Democrat National Committee. His tactics are slash and burn. His comments are issue-free, being dedicated only to winning elections by any means possible, holding together the crumbling coalition of assorted groups who feel victimized by society.

The acceptance (so far) of Dean by some leaders and members of the Democrat Party ignores a simple truth about communications. Screaming is not a substitute for having something to say.

We turn then to Senator Dick Durbin. Last week we discussed his reprehensible remarks comparing American soldiers to Nazis. This week, look at his so-called apology for his remarks. He got all choked up on the Senate floor, like Red Sovine in a suit. (I saw 2% of you smile knowingly. You’ve heard Sovine classics like “Teddy Bear.”)

Anyway, Durbin said, "Some think my remarks crossed the line." He "apologized" to "those who were offended." But he never said that his remarks were wrong.

Hard-wired Democrat apologists, both in public office and in the press, referred to this as a “full apology” and said we should now “move on.” It was no apology whatsoever, much less a full one. He’s not sorry he was wrong; he’s sorry he got caught. And the fact that such behavior is acceptable among Democrats contributes to the diagnosis that the Democrat Party has died.

Only a minority of a minority in that Party has any ideology, the global socialism of the Soros-funded MoveOn organization and its like. Not even in the depths of the Great Depression did a majority of Americans accept ideas like those. Now, with the worldwide failure of those ideas well demonstrated, such niche ideology is a guarantee of elective failure (except in France), most of the time and in most jurisdictions. And that is the definition of death for a political party.

Does that mean that the brand name “Democrat Party” will cease to exist? No. For 200 years, when a party died its name died with it. Today, brand names are too valuable. Like the Ford Mustang, the Bank of America, and Time magazine, the brand marches on, regardless of its diminished current content.

Furthermore, like some ancient but obscure products, the Democrats will live on in isolated pockets like San Francisco, Baltimore, and New Jersey. In US history, the Grange and the Progressives remained locally powerful a generation after they had died and been replaced as national parties. It is national political death we’re talking about.

About the Author: John Armor is a First Amendment attorney and author who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu


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I'm going to D.C. to work with Kristinn Taylor on FreeRepublic's testimony against the proposed FEC regulations to restrict free speech on the Internet. So, I wrote this early and post it early.

I think you will agree with the sentiments expressed, and the humor of the expression. LOL.

1 posted on 06/26/2005 2:31:30 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob

The best part is that Moveon.org killed the demonrat party.


2 posted on 06/26/2005 2:33:28 PM PDT by OldFriend (AMERICAN WARS SET MEN FREE)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Best wishes on your work with Kristinn. I would like to think the Dems are "in their last throes" but I won't be sure until I see the DNC bouncing checks at their bank.


3 posted on 06/26/2005 2:36:00 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: OldFriend
I agree with you that it is poetic justice to find MoveOn's fingerprints on the knife in the Democrats' back.

John / Billybob
4 posted on 06/26/2005 2:36:47 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Anyone who takes the MSM seriously, deserves the likes of Dick Durbin.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Guess the leftists would have us forget that dizzy Tizzy Heinz spoke at Moveon.org functions during the campaign.


5 posted on 06/26/2005 2:39:37 PM PDT by OldFriend (AMERICAN WARS SET MEN FREE)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Have fun over in D.C.!


6 posted on 06/26/2005 2:43:37 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Congressman Billybob

Good Job.


7 posted on 06/26/2005 2:47:52 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Democrats haven't had a new idea since Karl Marx.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Tax lean in Fla for not paying payroll taxes.


8 posted on 06/26/2005 2:48:33 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Democrats haven't had a new idea since Karl Marx.)
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To: OldFriend

The Dems cling to Moveon for the money-base it provides; rather like an addict to his drugs. The thing which provides the effect which is craved is the very thing which is killing the victim. "Gimme another fix, Dr. Dean!"


9 posted on 06/26/2005 2:51:12 PM PDT by Socratic (Honor the Liberator - He toils for you.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

I thought the Democrat party was dead when Reagan defeated Carter. Then along came that slippery SOB Clinton. $70 oil may give us another Clinton as President. Then the party will be dead. They'll be so dead the they'll have to change their name, and New Democrat ain't gonna do it this time. I'd say give Hillary one term, just to seal the deal, if it wasn't going to be so painful for the country.


10 posted on 06/26/2005 2:57:14 PM PDT by kylaka
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To: Congressman Billybob

Well done, CBB. Hope things go well in DC. My wife and I bought land in Lake Lure, NC last month, and we look forward to building a house in Western NC.


11 posted on 06/26/2005 2:58:50 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Send Bolton to the UN!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Loved it....

Semper Fi


12 posted on 06/26/2005 3:03:47 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Darth Reagan

ping


13 posted on 06/26/2005 3:07:40 PM PDT by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: kylaka
" $70 oil may give us another Clinton as President. "

Anything is possible. But if the Democrats start yelling about energy, the Republicans merely need to tell them to produce their own plan, which they won't have. This is a tough spot for President Bush, but it's a nearly impossible one for the Democrats. Their usual schtick is to propose nothing, criticize everything.

And remember, timing is everything. Hillary might start the drumbeat about high prices now, but when election rolls around, prices may have dived. Her timing has to be right for this issue to work for her.

14 posted on 06/26/2005 3:11:24 PM PDT by Enterprise (Thus sayeth our rulers - "All your property is mine." - - - Kelo vs New London)
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To: Congressman Billybob; kristinn

Shake 'n bake guys. And thanks.


15 posted on 06/26/2005 3:12:43 PM PDT by Enterprise (Thus sayeth our rulers - "All your property is mine." - - - Kelo vs New London)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Screaming is not a substitute for having something to say.

I am looking forward to hearing the low-key Freepers having their say before congress. BTTT.

16 posted on 06/26/2005 3:13:46 PM PDT by Dutchgirl (Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it." --C. S. L)
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To: Congressman Billybob
2005: The Splintering of the Democratic Party
17 posted on 06/26/2005 3:16:36 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Congressman Billybob
"You've been around a lot of corpses. Is that normal?"
"What, the feet thing?"
"Yeah, the feet thing."
"Yeah, it happens."
"Yeah, well, I'm having a hard time concentrating. Can you do something about it?"
"Like what, kill him again?"

--Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery, The Rock

18 posted on 06/26/2005 3:22:02 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and [nail] the prom queen.")
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To: OldFriend
There has been an unprecedented series of desperate acts, such as the Dem's use of Perot in 1992 (see Steffy in "The War Room"), Clinton's repression of the TW800 investigation in '96, the fifth column's calling FL for Gore and the Dems' abuse via the FLSC in 2000, and in 2004, Soros' propping up Dem electioneering to the tune of several $10Ms. Without a new artificial wind in their sails, how can they build an honest coalition using a collapsing house of cards?

Unless someone, the likes, wealth or influence of Soros steps forward to prop them up 2008, they're doomed. Unfortunately, what Hil's lawyer-friend Vince set up in Switzerland may yet help the Kurintongs "buy the brand name" to take if for another spin around the patch.

McCain-Feingold CFR gave us that which was seized upon by Soros. Should we be surprised? It's ironic that without a 527 to rise up against Kerry, the dark side might've won.

HF

19 posted on 06/26/2005 3:33:23 PM PDT by holden (holden awnuhnuh truth, de whole truth, 'n nuttin' but de truth)
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To: Congressman Billybob

***Is the head dead yet?***

Maybe so...

...but just like the ghouls from "The Night of the Living Dead" they can still do a lot of damage!


20 posted on 06/26/2005 3:46:19 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Congressman Billybob

I think you are right. I actually hope that a reasonable, thinking party will replace it because I do believe that the country is served best when there are two viable parties.


21 posted on 06/26/2005 3:49:35 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Enterprise
But if the Democrats start yelling about energy, the Republicans merely need to tell them to produce their own plan, which they won't have.

Actually, Bush has had an energy plan awaiting Senate action for over three years. All a Republican has to do is point to the Democrat's obstructionism, the same Senate Democrats that include Hillary.

22 posted on 06/26/2005 4:01:13 PM PDT by Go Gordon
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To: Congressman Billybob

Please be sure and tell Kristinn how much we appreciate his leadership and his willingness to stand up for our military and the lunacy of the left.

I'm confident Kristinn will be a great representative of Free Republic.


23 posted on 06/26/2005 4:06:20 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: McGavin999

If the 'rat party does die, the Republican Party will split.


24 posted on 06/26/2005 4:06:27 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: Congressman Billybob

An injured animal is most dangerous. No time to let up.


25 posted on 06/26/2005 4:12:18 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Time to clean house in the US Senate)
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To: expatpat
the Republican Party will split.

As it should.

26 posted on 06/26/2005 4:13:49 PM PDT by riri
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To: riri

I look for the DNC to come up with a new name in the next few years. Probably something with "workers," "children and families" or a combination of these words.


27 posted on 06/26/2005 4:33:44 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Congressman Billybob
the Democrats will live on in isolated pockets like San Francisco, Baltimore, and New Jersey...

Fortunately, Baltimore County is purple. It might be red next election. Baltimore City is hopeless, though. Nice piece, Billybob!

28 posted on 06/26/2005 5:09:59 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: holden
McCain/Feingold brought us the Swift Boat Vets for Truth.

The media may have tried but there ws no way the media could hang that group around President Bush's neck.

Whenever I begin to lose faith I think of how blessed we've been and I regain my trust that all will be well.

Never again will this country cut and run from any enemy as long as we have President Bush in the White House.

29 posted on 06/26/2005 5:14:35 PM PDT by OldFriend (AMERICAN WARS SET MEN FREE)
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To: Socratic

No doubt in my mind at all that Moveon writes Barbara Boxer's rants, and Harry Reid's too for that matter.


30 posted on 06/26/2005 5:16:59 PM PDT by OldFriend (AMERICAN WARS SET MEN FREE)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Not bad for a Congressman!! Don't forget not only is the DemIhateAmericRat party dead, they are having a Civil War inside between HilaryCare and the Mad Doctor. Well done.

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters

31 posted on 06/26/2005 5:22:40 PM PDT by bray (Pray for Iraq's Freedom from Mohammad)
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To: OldFriend

"The best part is that Moveon.org killed the demonrat party."

I believe it was ACT that killed the Democrat party. Hillary wanted the Dem party dead so she could rebuild it in her own image. Moveon.org are just more useful idiots and Soros is the biggest useful idiot of them all.

The minute Hillary gets rid of Dean and has her people take over the party and get Moveons money, Soros will suffer a nice fatal heart attack.



32 posted on 06/27/2005 4:05:13 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

If I had to choose who would be most likely to have lunch at Ft. Marcy Park, I'd say it was the heinous one rather than Soros.


33 posted on 06/27/2005 6:33:44 AM PDT by OldFriend (AMERICAN WARS SET MEN FREE)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

"Hillary wanted the Dem party dead so she could rebuild it in her own image."

My sentiments, exactly. She is ruthless, and it matters not who or what she destroys in her quest for The White House.

Look at her Path of Destruction to date!


34 posted on 06/27/2005 6:39:18 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
The pinnacle may have been the Democrat Convention in 1980

How'd that work out for 'em?

Excellent read as always Congressman.
35 posted on 06/27/2005 8:30:04 AM PDT by BJClinton ("Maybe his mother loved him, but I've never met anybody who does." - VP Cheney re: Howard Dean)
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To: Congressman Billybob

I would not be too quick to pronounce the Democrats dead. With gas prices rising faster than the President's job approval numbers are sinking, with a majority of Americans thinking that Iraq was a mistake, with illegal immigration spinning out of control, and with 52% of your fellow citizens favorably disposed to Hillary Clinton, I would say that the Democrats (who, after all, have most of the mass media at their disposal) are quite capable of mounting a rapid comeback from the abyss.


36 posted on 06/27/2005 12:31:36 PM PDT by pawdoggie
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To: Enterprise

The problem is liberals don't have to produce a plan to get out of a mess to get elected by Americans who want government to 'do something' about whatever the mess is. They just have to have a mess that starts under someone else and point fingers and act like they have a plan. FDR demonstrated pretty convincingly that producing one isn't necessary. That's the liberals' game plan now.


37 posted on 06/27/2005 11:00:34 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ("Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist." -- John Adams. "F that." -- SCOTUS, in Kelo.)
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To: LibertarianInExile

I agree. I had posted on another threat that basically the liberals sit back and criticize but don't offer any plans. Then when the President does something, they bitch and moan and say they could have done it better.


38 posted on 06/28/2005 5:10:44 AM PDT by Enterprise (Thus sayeth our rulers - "All your property is mine." - - - Kelo vs New London)
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To: pawdoggie

C'mon, don't buy everything the friggin' media and their biased polls tell you about how MOST Americans think things are terrible! Horseshit, most Americans (enough for the pubs to keep the WH and the congressional and gubernatorial gains anyway) are OK with the areas you mention.

IMHO, most Americans will be smart enough to sniff out Hillary's putrid vibes, despite constant media supplication.

I'm most concerned about what I am convinced will be the Clinton's "Ross Perot" strategy to siphon 5-8% of the vote away from the conservative candidate. That may be enough to put The Beast into the WH. I am expecting McCain to be the Ross Perot of 2008 and I believe they've already made the agreement in some way shape or form.

But I truly do believe that good triumphs over evil, and the Clintons and their issue--virtually all of the leaders of the democrat party--are evil, and will be defeated.


39 posted on 06/28/2005 12:15:04 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Congressman Billybob
He got all choked up on the Senate floor, like Red Sovine in a suit.

Phantom 309 rides again!

40 posted on 06/28/2005 12:20:01 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Good luck with your work in DC. I wish we could just pull the plug on Democrats and end their death's throe thrashing.


41 posted on 06/28/2005 12:25:06 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Husker8877
FYI: I don't buy anything the "friggin' Media" says, but I don't suffer short term memory loss either. I can even remember as recently as 1992 when a war time President named George Bush saw his staggerly high Gulf War approval ratings slide into the toilet within the space of one short year. The "folks", as O'Reilly delights in calling the apolitical majority in our country, are (as we learned all too well in 1992) quite capable of swallowing a lot of liberal BS and voting against their better instincts/consciences if the "economy, stupid" is perceived as being in bad shape (e.g. gas prices are too darn high).

One thing that I have noticed, a lot of the more serious/devious Democrat political strategists have gone Deep Underground, and are playing their cards very close to their collective vest. They used to delight in telling us what they were going to do, then doing it, and end up telling us how they did it (to us). Their low profile means that something's brewing, and we'd better not let them blind side us. Which is all that I was trying to say: KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY!

42 posted on 06/28/2005 12:45:12 PM PDT by pawdoggie
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To: pawdoggie

I don't disagree with your points. The lesson I took from GHWB's loss was that "conventional" politicking will not defeat NUCLEAR politicking waged by the most evil politicians that this country has ever had to face. And the Clintons continued power and influence within the democrat party has changed it from a party of wrong-thinking (but not wicked) people to a party which both requires and rejoices in evil.

It is sickening, it really is.


43 posted on 06/28/2005 5:38:28 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Congressman Billybob
There's nothing quite as amusing as sitting in a bar drinking with a union member. Sooner or later, they always go into a "I hate Bush/Republicans" rant.

That's when I calmly start asking them how they feel about specific issues, like gun control, affirmative action/"diversity", and how that affects them on the job, and issues that demonstrate to them that they are, in fact, patriotic in their own way (lotsa vets in this group, after all), not like the Soros/MoveOn neo-communists.

Then I ask them how they can continue to be loyal to a party that, deep in its' core, takes the position that white males with a predominant Christian background, like them, are the source of all that is wrong in America, and the only reason they are welcome in the party is because their union bosses support the Democrats.

Puts a lot of questions in their minds. Sometimes, it even brings them around to questioning. "Yeah, why do I support a bunch of people who don't respect me and think I'm a redneck scumbag, anyway?"

44 posted on 06/29/2005 6:40:10 AM PDT by Kenton ("Life is tough, and it's really tough when you're stupid" - Damon Runyon)
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To: Congressman Billybob

"Both are subject to the same failures which put the Whigs, the Federalists, and the Republican-Democrats, among others, on the ash heap of history."

I don't think I agree that a party today is subject to same failure. The system itself is too big and because of its vastness guarantees that no party will die, nor will a 3rd party disappear. More likely, the two names will continue on, moving left and right and back again, back and forth over time.

As long as there is a USA, there will be two parties and two only, th eD's and the R's


45 posted on 06/30/2005 1:21:54 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: EQAndyBuzz
The minute Hillary gets rid of Dean and has her people take over the party and get Moveons money,

She wants dean gone now, remember the previous guy to hold the job was her money man.

That said, we are about to find out how much power she really has, and what her max is.

She is fighting tooth and nail to keep the AFL-CIO from splitting and doing everything she can, with every bit of her power to prevent the split.

If she is successfull, then I'll take her seriously.

46 posted on 07/01/2005 1:11:38 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Congressman Billybob
I agree. The Democrats will remain dominant in their Blue State strongholds in California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey for the forseeable future. But as a national political force, they're all but extinct. A party of the coasts and the Great Lakes is not exactly a party that speaks to and on behalf of the entire country. To put it differently, a regional party is not the same as a national party. Indeed Zell Miller put it well it in the title of his next to last book, "A National Party No More." The Democrats don't see how much they've shrunk and the road back is a long one. A new party has better odds of making it on the national scene than the late unloved Democrats do.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
47 posted on 07/02/2005 2:20:12 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Congressman Billybob

All it would take is one candidate to breathe fresh air into the party and it will be back on all cylinders.


48 posted on 07/03/2005 7:59:44 PM PDT by zeebee
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To: TASMANIANRED

paid volunteers?


49 posted on 07/04/2005 1:12:11 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: pawdoggie

The MSM will not let the Democrats die.

Even if all that is left is a single "cell", the MSM will portray the last democrat as a majority.

(then democrats will demand proportional representation)


50 posted on 07/04/2005 1:14:33 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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