Democrats at war Inside Politics
“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.”