Democrats Largest Problem, Utopian Pacifists Have Overrun Their Party
Erin McCormick's San Francisco Chronicle piece
describing Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's town hall meeting with constituents in her district is illustrative of one of the challenges facing the Democratic Party's coalition: how to deal with the Utopian pacifists that are overrunning the party.
McCormick, who describes a meeting with "hecklers from the audience frequently interrupt[ing] the talk," writes:
"Dozens of heckling, sign-toting anti-war protesters tried to take center stage at the congresswomen's town hall forum on national security -- calling for an immediate de-funding of the Iraq war and impeachment proceedings against President George Bush. "
Immediate de-funding of the Iraq war and Bush's impeachment ... what utter folly.
This is what the Democratic base is all about, they really believe that the Iraq was is both a failure and immoral, and that President Bush is a wicked man who must be impeached. Nancy Pelosi is, of course, a leftwing Democrat, but as Minority Leader she can't afford to undercut centrist Democrats running in red States...but the anti-war people are demanding that she do precisely this.To us on the right
(or even in the center) Pelosi is a leftwing, anti-war fanatic...but to the leftwing, anti-war fanatics in the Bay Area, Pelosi is a tool of the warmongering right because she won't demand Democratic Party unity in the House in favor of an immediate de-funding of the liberation of Iraq and impeachment procedings against President Bush. This is the problem the Democrats brought upon themselves when for the sake of making a few cheap political shots against the President, they choose to embrace the Michael Moore/MoveOn view of the War on Terrorism and President Bush - the paranoid, conspiracy-theorist anti-American left is energised, flush with cash, and in charge of the nominating process in the Democratic Party. And they are demanding the Democratic Party tote their line.
In 2006, and especially 2008, these leftwing fanatics will be out front demanding adherence to their views...and if they don't get this adherence, they'll stay home on election day, or back a third party candidate. On the other hand, if the Democrats adhere to the leftwing fanatics, then they'll be crushed at the polls as all of the center joins all of the right in the GOP.
Tough times to be a Democrat - but they are merely getting what they so richly deserve.