Democrats at war Inside Pol­i­tics

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - Com­piled by Jen­nifer Harper

“Flush with vic­tory, the Demo­cratic Party is cel­e­brat­ing its re­turn to power by loudly and pub­licly tear­ing it­self to pieces,” Dick Mor­ris and Eileen McGann write in the New York Post.

“Any­one who won­dered if House Democrats would be as re­li­able as the Repub­li­cans in sup­port­ing their lead­ers had only to watch the lead­er­ship fight be­tween Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and John Murtha (D-Pa.): Democrats still form their fir­ing squads in a cir­cle,” they wrote.

“Back in 1994, the House Repub­li­cans ad­vanced with the dis­ci­pline of the Prus­sian Army. But Democrats al­ways live in a state of cri­sis and feud­ing. As Bill Clin­ton dis­cov­ered when he reached D.C. in 1993, House Democrats are splin­tered into mi­cro-cau­cuses, each of which must be courted sep­a­rately for their votes. When their de­mands con­flict, no one can rally any­thing close to a work­ing ma­jor­ity on the House floor.”

“Then there was James Carville’s at­tack on Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Howard Dean. In a con­tract hit post­marked Chap­paqua, Carville un­loaded on Dean for spend­ing money on all 50 states rather than con­cen­trat­ing on swing House races. Carville claimed that Dean’s strat­egy had cost po­ten­tial Demo­cratic seats. [. . .]

“The larger Demo­cratic war pits the New Left against the New Democrats. Brought to power in Clin­ton’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, the cen­trist New Democrats are de­ter­mined to keep the party in the mid­dle on na­tional is­sues. The New Left wants to drag it way over to the lib­eral side. The bat­tle will not abate, much less end, un­til the party has a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.”

Rep.-elect Nancy Boyda, Kansas Demo­crat, wants to “crack down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.”

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