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Democratic strategist blasts GOP tactics
The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Aug 20, 2003 | Dan Harrie

Posted on 08/21/2003 10:35:35 AM PDT by ladtx

California's chaotic gubernatorial recall election and nasty redistricting fights in Texas and Colorado are symbolic of a new damn-the-rules brand of politics being honed by a power-greedy Republican Party, says veteran Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.
    "What's now happened across the country is this Republican majority is not intent on just winning elections . . . they want to become a one-party country," Brazile said in an interview Monday before delivering the keynote speech at the Utah Democratic Party's annual Eleanor Roosevelt luncheon.
    "They do not play by the rules. They will break the rules and then say Democrats are obstructionists," she said.
    Brazile, manager of the Gore-Lieberman 2000 presidential campaign, says the tactics are part of a pattern that emerged in the Florida presidential recount debacle.
    "When they lose elections, they seek to overturn them. When they fall behind in an election, they seek to recall them," she said. "They did it in Florida and now they're doing it in Texas with the redistricting, and look at California. That's a national disgrace and an affront to democracy."
    While Brazile's concerns are admittedly partisan, the lifelong Democrat is not alone in viewing the new hardball politics with alarm.

Alan Ehrenhalt, executive editor of the staunchly bipartisan Governing magazine, wrote a scathing column in the current issue, titled "Republicans Behaving Badly." He pointed to many of the same events as Brazile -- the recall election in California and redistricting games in Texas and Colorado.
    "Since this is a column assailing partisanship, I would very much like to strike a bipartisan note right at the beginning and tell an equal number of horror stories at Democratic and Republican expense," Ehrenhalt wrote. "Unfortunately, I'm not able to do that. The reality is that most of the serious outrages lately have come from the GOP side of the aisle."
    Utah Republican Chairman Joe Cannon scoffed at the notion Republicans have taken politics to a new low.
    "It is very hard to see Donna Brazile making that argument with a straight face," Cannon said, adding Democrats are just "whining" about losing elections.
    "Democrats are really angry and bitter because they don't have control," he said. "They're not used to being the minority."
    Cannon said he doesn't support and defend all of the political advantage-seeking around the country, counting himself as an opponent of recall elections and altering voting boundaries already redistricted in the year after the once-a-decade U.S. census. But he denied those acts are orchestrated by the Republican Party, insisting, "they're not part of a right-wing conspiracy."


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: brazile; democrats; republicans; whining
An interesting piece that points out the fact that the Dims have nothing new to offer. Just the old tired "we've been taken advantage of by the mean, ol', wascally Republicans." This has been trotted out so often methinks the public is beginning to just tune it out. Of course it'll receive big play again as election time draws near and the politically uneducated will eat it up again.
1 posted on 08/21/2003 10:35:35 AM PDT by ladtx
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To: ladtx
The Sock Puppets have their talking orders.
2 posted on 08/21/2003 10:37:04 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: ladtx
Geez...her brazen distortion of the truth is making me sick.

It's the Dems who don't play by the rules, as evidenced by:

- SCOFla legislating from the bench by ignoring the plain language of the Florida State Election Law

- Changing the rules after the fact in New Jersey to allow Lautenberg (sp) to get on the ballot after the deadline had passed

- Filing lawsuit after lawsuit (thankfully unsuccessfully) to stop, delay, or change the rules on the California Recall Election

3 posted on 08/21/2003 10:39:46 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Free Miguel, Priscilla and Bill!)
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To: ladtx
They do not play by the rules. They will break the rules

Oh, really? The recall drive in California follows the law. The Dems in Texas are the ones defying the state Constitution and their duty as elected legislators. And Floriduh, well, Donna, the law was followed to the letter and your boy lost. Even if the vote count had gone his way, he still would have lost.

The Dems are marching further and further into the self-exile of their own political fantasies. And then wondering why fewer and fewer people are willing to follow them deeper into the wilderness.

4 posted on 08/21/2003 10:41:39 AM PDT by dirtboy (Arnold's positions are like the alien in Predator - you can't see them but you know they're lethal)
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To: ladtx
"Since this is a column assailing partisanship, I would very much like to strike a bipartisan note right at the beginning and tell an equal number of horror stories at Democratic and Republican expense," Ehrenhalt wrote. "Unfortunately, I'm not able to do that. The reality is that most of the serious outrages lately have come from the GOP side of the aisle."

How about starting with the filibustering of federal judge appointments by the democrat senators. It doesn't get more partisan than that.- Tom

5 posted on 08/21/2003 10:43:00 AM PDT by Capt. Tom (anything done in moderation shows a lack of interest -Capt. Tom circa 1948)
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To: ladtx
It all started with Clinton.

When he made the Democrat Party tow the line to save his rear end, they got the message that the ONLY thing that mattered was winning. The law doesn't matter; the system doesn't matter. The electorate be damned. (See the Wellstone Memorial)

Now it has been carried to the following extremes; Gore challenges the Florida vote; The Democrats in Texas run and hide; The Senate Democrats filibuster without filibustering. The Democrats have NO respect for the system or the electorate. (Then they accuse the Republicans of twisting the system!)

6 posted on 08/21/2003 10:43:45 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (The joy of the Lord is my strength.)
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To: ladtx
Hmmm, these guys could be...

1) Solving the deficit.

2) Thinking of creative ways to improve economic job creation.

3) Planning a more effective Post-War policy for Iraq and Afghanistan.

4) Determining what our longterm strategy should be for heading off the hegemonic impulses of the CHinese PLA.

or 5) Seeking creative ways to improve US relations w/ Western EUrope.

You know, stuff that makes candidates worthy of receiving a larger number of votes.

But no, it's easier to be intellectually lazy and p--- and moan about the CA recall and redistricting instead. Besides, if you're a Texas Democrat, it equals a paid vacation.
7 posted on 08/21/2003 10:43:45 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (The Problem With Socialism Is That You Eventually Run Out Of Other People's Money - Lady Thatcher)
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To: Zathras
"They break the rules..."

What rules were broken? I believe that the recall process is spelled out in California state law. Redistricting is mandated by the constitution and Gerrymandering is the method the Dems used to control congress for 50 years.

Put some ice on it, Donna, and quit your whining.

8 posted on 08/21/2003 10:44:07 AM PDT by Russ
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To: ladtx
They do not play by the rules. They will break the rules and then say Democrats are obstructionists," she said.

Classic projection. It was the Dems that tried to steal the election in Florida. It is the Dems obstructing the Congress and legitimate redistricting, and it was Democrats and independents, as well as Republicans, using a legal means to throw out a woefully inept and crooked governor in CA. It is also the Dems who are obstruction judicial appointments so that they can install "activists" judges to rule extra-judicially.

It is also not the Republicans who want a one party country. It is the Dems who seem bent on political suicide.

9 posted on 08/21/2003 10:44:52 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: Capt. Tom
I guess Mr. Bipartisanship also forgot about the shenanigans in NJ with Torricelli/Lautenberg. Talk about sidestepping the usual procedures!
10 posted on 08/21/2003 10:46:28 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: ladtx
"They do not play by the rules. They will break the rules and then say Democrats are obstructionists," she said.

Democrats just make up the rules as they go along to suit themselves. Tradition and precedent, such as not filibustering judicial nominees? Bah, a mere detail to this crowd.

Darn right they are obstructionists. Exactly how were the judicial nominations "breaking the rules."

Now, Texan Democrat rascals fleeing state lines to avoid justice, like Bonnie and Clyde - now THAT is obstructionism.

11 posted on 08/21/2003 10:48:16 AM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
How true.

Typical project, common in the fevered brains of such a sociopathetic cult.

12 posted on 08/21/2003 10:50:19 AM PDT by nevergiveup (We CAN do it!)
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To: ladtx
"What's now happened across the country is this Republican majority is not intent on just winning elections . . . they want to become a one-party country," Brazile said...

Works for me, if true. I have no use whatsoever for the Rats. Unfortunately, the allegation isn't true. The Republicans are merely doing what all majority parties have done throughout the history of this country. If the shoe were on the other foot, the Rats would be much worse.

13 posted on 08/21/2003 10:50:20 AM PDT by kesg
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To: ladtx
What's now happened across the country is this Republican majority is not intent on just winning elections . . . they want to become a one-party country," Brazile said in an interview Monday before delivering the keynote speech at the Utah Democratic Party's annual Eleanor Roosevelt luncheon.

Sounds like the Hypocrats are sweating bullets.

14 posted on 08/21/2003 10:50:21 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
How true.

Typical project, common in the fevered brains of such a sociopathetic cult.

15 posted on 08/21/2003 10:50:23 AM PDT by nevergiveup (We CAN do it!)
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To: nevergiveup
ooops! deja vu all over again.
16 posted on 08/21/2003 10:52:18 AM PDT by nevergiveup (We CAN do it!)
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To: ladtx
Why is it that the Dems can state as fact that the GOP is trying to control the elections or overthrow the elections, but they never mention the "coup" they pulled off in NJ with the illegal (imo) substitution of Lousenberg for Torricelli? Does anybody remember that last minute switcherooooo?
17 posted on 08/21/2003 10:52:52 AM PDT by mrtysmm
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To: KellyAdmirer
"Democrats just make up the rules as they go along to suit themselves."

When Democrats are winning they insist that the rules be followed. When they are losing, they ignore the rules or want to change them - always, always, always.

18 posted on 08/21/2003 10:55:39 AM PDT by Enterprise
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To: mrtysmm
Why is it that the Dems can state as fact that the GOP is trying to control the elections or overthrow the elections, but they never mention the "coup" they pulled off in NJ...

And all the while maintaining a straight face.

19 posted on 08/21/2003 10:56:11 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: ladtx
This Alan Ehrenhalt is not bipartisan. From the full article:

But if some of the partisan nastiness of 2003 reflects the continuation or revival of ancient feuds, some of it also reflects a fear among Republicans that if they break down and start talking realistically about the need to raise revenue, their glittering prizes will slip away from them.

Republicans Behaving Badly

20 posted on 08/21/2003 10:56:51 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: dirtboy
The Dems are marching further and further into the self-exile of their own political fantasies.

On Rush's show I just heard that Joe Lockhart is heading up a website to recall President Bush. Rush pointed out that if Lockhart is involved, that means it was probably the Clintons' idea.

21 posted on 08/21/2003 10:57:55 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: ladtx
...staunchly bipartisan ...

Weird turn of phrase. That's like "extremely mediocre" or "outrageously bland".

22 posted on 08/21/2003 10:59:37 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty ( 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: ladtx
"It is very hard to see Donna Brazile making that argument with a straight face," Cannon said, adding Democrats are just "whining" about losing elections.

"Democrats are really angry and bitter because they don't have control," he said. "They're not used to being the minority."

"They're not used to being the minority." This seems to be the problem with the Texas RATs. They have been in power for over 100 years. The past two elections have gone to the Republicans, and the RATs are beside themselves.

First the 51 reps left for OK and now the 11 senators in NM. I personnaly think they should lose their official titles and have a special election for replacements. They don't realize how stupid they are acting and what people are saying about them.

23 posted on 08/21/2003 11:12:48 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Clone Ann Coulter, the woman sent by God)
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To: ladtx
Brazile, manager of the Gore-Lieberman 2000 presidential campaign

How would you like that headline on your resume. That’s like saying you were Engles to Stalin.
24 posted on 08/21/2003 11:19:28 AM PDT by schaketo (White Devils for Al Sharpton in 2004... Pennsylvania Chapter)
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To: ladtx
Can you say New Jersey? How about smokes for the homeless in Wisconsin's vote? What about walking around money? Cut off a few little Rat programs and you would have even fewer Rats in office.
25 posted on 08/21/2003 11:20:47 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: Russ
"Since this is a column assailing partisanship, I would very much like to strike a bipartisan note right at the beginning and tell an equal number of horror stories at Democratic and Republican expense," Ehrenhalt wrote. "Unfortunately, I'm not able to do that.

How about the Gore campaign, led by Donna Brazile, sending an army of lawyers to Florida on the eve of the election expressly to challenge the results if they did not go Gore's way? And when the 100% clear Florida law on ballot counting was overturned by partisan Democrat judges?

I'm sorry to be blunt, but Brazile and the other democrat strategists are not stupid people. They know all this. They ae simply liars and propagandists.

26 posted on 08/21/2003 11:21:08 AM PDT by SupplySider
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To: ladtx
this Republican majority is not intent on just winning elections . . . they want to become a one-party country," Brazile.

The Dims seem to be doing a much better job of making this a one-party (Republican) country.

HillaryCare, Gray Davis, Filibustering Judges, The Most Corrupt Administration in American History, Vince Foster, Chinese Communists Donors, Al Gore.

I would absolutely love it for the Republican Party to be smart enough to do that kind of damage to the Dims.

27 posted on 08/21/2003 11:26:35 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: ladtx
Do I hear a Whaaaaaambulance off in the distance?
28 posted on 08/21/2003 11:30:51 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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To: SupplySider
The problem is, they keep repeating their message "Republicans cheat", "Republicans obstruct", "Republicans don't play by the rules"... over and over and over... sooner or later some of it is going to stick in the minds of a good portion of the electorate.
29 posted on 08/21/2003 11:49:57 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Free Miguel, Priscilla and Bill!)
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To: So Cal Rocket
Of course - it's a psychological condition called "projection" - you accuse others of doing what you are actually doing. The dems/libs have been using this for years. They just haven't figured out WE KNOW what they're doing - and they continue to CONFIRM their corrupt actions.
30 posted on 08/21/2003 11:52:40 AM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - "The Greatest Nation on the Face of the Earth")
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To: ladtx
The Republicans are asking the people to decide and the Democrats are asking the courts to decide. Pure and simple.
31 posted on 08/21/2003 1:02:41 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge
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To: ladtx; Timesink
LOL!!!

Donna Brazile, "veteran Democratic strategist", "manager of the Gore-Lieberman 2000 presidential campaign".

"While Brazile's concerns are admittedly partisan, the lifelong Democrat is not alone in viewing the new hardball politics with alarm."

Dan Harrie of the Salt Lake Tribune has identified who and what he really is - a mouthpiece for the Democrat Party. Donna Brazile is the female version of James Carville - without Carville's politeness and manners.

32 posted on 08/22/2003 8:38:43 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: Flashman_at_the_charge
...the Democrats are asking the courts to decide.

What - you all the sudden got a problem with our 800 Philosopher-Kings? ;-)

33 posted on 08/22/2003 8:40:03 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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