styrgan saidIt just seems like the Republicans are masters of navigating the minority. Remember in 2006, when the Dems got their asses handed to them on the Iraq legislation. I'm sick of the Democrats being abused because of their own attempts at bipartisanship.
Well, it's fairly easy. The whole idea of the Democratic Party being a bunch of pussies is true. I'm not saying this because I'm jaded or anything, in fact I'm on the Executive Board of my local Democratic Party. I'm saying it because it's true.
The GOP is good at pushing policies when they're in the majority because, for the most part, they have become pretty much the same as each other. That is, the vast majority of Republicans are pro-life, anti-gay, pro-gun, pro-death penalty, anti-taxes, anti-government, isolationists who are hawks with international policy (which is contradictory to isolationism, but funny).
The Democratic Party has a big problem in that we are all over the map. I happen to live in a very liberal legislative district, yet our Exec Board is all over the map. Myself - I'm fervently pro-choice, pro-equal rights, pro-death penalty, pro-gun, pro-smart taxes, and lukewarm at best to affirmative action. All of these are areas that my Party takes a stand on, and I'm not with my Party on all of the issues.
This makes it difficult to form a united front. Plus, it's more often that Democrats bolt the party when they're pissed than Republicans. There is a loyalty issue.
I personally believe that we can and should have a strong leadership (hence my love of Speaker Pelosi), while still allowing some dissent (the 11 votes against the package) to prove that we allow all voices. At the same time, all voices need to get in sync, and make compromises to get shit done.