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The 5 Stages of Death of the Republican Party

The fear of death is common in our culture. Too often a political party and its supporters view their impending death through abhorrence and avoidance. But dying is a process in the cycle of life, an end point. It is a terminal part of living. Coping with responses during this particular segment of life are shaped by previous experiences with death, as well as by cultural attitudes and beliefs. The Kubler-Ross model is the basis for the five stages of death with regards to the Republican Party:

1. Denial: On being told that the Republican Party has lost touch with its roots (fiscal conservative movement, smaller government, etc…) the initial reaction is shock. The Republican may appear dazed at first then refuse diagnosis or deny that anything is wrong. Some Republicans (George W. Bush) never pass beyond this stage or may go from conservative commentator to conservative commentator until they find one who supports their position.

2. Anger: Republican patients become frustrated, irritable and angry that they are sick or ill. A common response is "Why me?" There may become angry with people of dissent. The anger may be displaced onto grieving mothers of fallen soldiers.

3. Bargaining: The patient may attempt to negotiate with anyone appearing to confront their ailment. The patient may displace this bargaining by attempting to blame the Clinton era for the nation's current woes to seek common ground as a tool for bargaining. Commonly heard during this stage is: "If you let my political life continue, I promise to support my constituents and will not fly, golf, dine and travel with my lobbyists." Curt Weldon is a good example of this stage of death; in an attempt to save his political career, he has been bargaining to appear that he is more moderate rather than the corporate tool that he has been during his entire political life.

4. Depression: The patient shows clinical signs of depression - withdrawal, psychomotor and verbal retardation, hopelessness and possible political suicidal ideation. Routinely during this stage a patient will say things like: "What difference does it make, you're un-American." And "Why don't you support our troops?" The depression may be a reaction to the effects of the illness on their political life and the anticipation that voter anger will participate to the candidate's impending death of their political career.

5. Acceptance: The patient would realize that death is inevitable and accepts the universality of the experience, should a Republican actually reach this stage. Occasionally a patient will be head saying: "I've misused my office and am ready to atone for my sins" (typically heard in federal court). Under ideal circumstances, the patient is courageous and is able to talk about their death as they face the unknown. Even those Republicans in the bible-belt with supposed strong religious beliefs who are convinced of life after death can find comfort, if they reach this stage.

Posted by john trevisani at March 17, 2006 8:14 AM
Comments
Comment #134073

Makes sense…
So the democrats died in what year?

Posted by: Cliff at March 17, 2006 9:10 AM
Comment #134077

A) The county by county coloration of the U.S. shows that the Democratic Party is dead.

B) This article claims that the Republican Party is dying.

C) The Libertarian party is preparing for an exponential growth spurt.

D) ??fill in the blank??

Posted by: tim_lebsack at March 17, 2006 9:31 AM
Comment #134081

could be…

Posted by: cliff at March 17, 2006 9:48 AM
Comment #134085
The county by county coloration of the U.S. shows that the Democratic Party is dead.

Hint: If you need color to make a quantitative argument, it’s probably not a very good argument.

The reason that the 2004 electoral map looks overwhelmingly red is that the GOP is popular in less populous/states counties. Land doesn’t vote, though. People do.

Look at this map from 1996, for example:

http://www.presidentelect.org/e1996.html


Visually, it looks like a tie, but actually Clinton cleaned Dole’s clock, getting more than 2X the EC vote.

Posted by: Woody Mena at March 17, 2006 10:02 AM
Comment #134087

What blather! It sounds like the liberal’s are shouting “Let them eat cake! It’s tough going right now for the Republican Party but the reason has absoutely nothing to do with a resurgence of the liberal nuts on the left. How could you possibly imagine that the Democrat Party, devoid of ideas or intelligent proposals should be celebrating. American’s will not vote the Dems back into a majority in the congress by continuing to attack Bush. Hell, he’s not running. And the slogan…”Vote for change” sounds rather like “from the frying pan into the fire”.

Posted by: Jim Martin at March 17, 2006 10:14 AM
Comment #134091

Visually, it looks like a tie, but actually Clinton cleaned Dole’s clock, getting more than 2X the EC vote.

And less then half the popular vote.

Clinton won using sound electoral stratagy. As we saw in the last two elections, this is something both parties are lacking.

John,

I agree with your article, but remember that the Democrats are also having problems with denial, anger, depression, etc. Just on different issues.

Tim,

I agree that both parties are very week at the moment. If a third party is going to make a serious move, now’s the time.

Posted by: TheTraveler at March 17, 2006 10:26 AM
Comment #134094

John,

I’ll tell ya’ I’ve predicted this kind of thing before completely underestimating the lemmings in large numbers. They will believe anything in an attempt to fill in the marrs and scratches on their party’s platform (We dems tend to do the same to a lesser extent also). This time however I think it has all worked itself into a hole but I don’t think the Republicans will vote dem unless we get rid of the silly-string players for them. Meaning Kerry, Obama, Clinton (Hill & Bill), Kennedy, Dean and the like. It has to come through people who aren’t the typical baby-boomer fadish or liberazzi fare. Meaning Biden, Lieberman, Barr or Feingold perhaps, the smarter more forceful ones that are solid and more importantly moderate and can keep archetypal leftism at bey.

I agree they’ve pissed off alot of people, the Republicans I mean, but I don’t think there are many stellar cases of ‘up from conservatism’ to speak of yet with exception to swings and independents. I think with congressional elections (let me look into my crystal ball here) that the right might find democratic candidates that they can trust on many such issues—so I see gains there. With 2008 I think by then there will be many that have given up on the Republican party platform and GW is showing very few sign of turning things around policy-wise such as with immigration policy or undermining our sovereignty or more importantly our economy. I think after the Republican Revolution they will not have any major political power anywhere in federal government for some time to come. Give ‘em enough rope.

That’s just my take—my problem in estimating its downfall is in assuming that the change would come sooner than later, being that the recognizable signs would be enough. And what I’m finding is that it has to, not only dig it’s own ditch but bury itself completely in horsecrap before its value runs short and people are entirely outraged.

My assessment: the dems are waiting for the elephant to get so stuck in the tarpits that they can’t resurface without an eye of mistrust.

Also, how about the democrats in a sort of Stockholm Syndrome? I think there’s a case for that too as they near the elections in 2006. Quick everybody be a conservative hawk! Look hawkish, braaaawk!

One interesting thing that has come to light is that the republicans scathed Clinton by being the squeeky-wheels that you couldn’t ignore and got control with it. But we are attempting to regain control through mousily being as milquetoast as possible? Is that really how we gain anything? A waiting game? My observation is that when the dems do a ‘banter wagon’ no matter how needed, the ones front and center are usually the ones who should be at the back of the bus.

I mean neither party is entirely in touch either way—why are we fighting again? Our Labor secretary, Elaine Chao is a trust fund child millionaire heiress of a Chinese shipping fortune. Anybody smell the irony yet?

Posted by: Translator at March 17, 2006 10:57 AM
Comment #134102

Where does karl rove come up with the sad repubs that blog here??? The repubs are now imploding in their own party and now blaming dems for their failures. Each time the dems offer a solution for bush the repubs claim the offer, make it a repub claim. Dems are doing the right thing! let the repubs destroy themselves and all the repubs coming up in Nov. for election…..

Posted by: artjoe at March 17, 2006 11:33 AM
Comment #134104

Cliff,

You asked what year the Democrats died? 1978,1998 (zippergate), and ofcourse Al Gore, Anno Domini. Are you sure he’s not on a GOP payroll someplace take a look around.

Posted by: Translator at March 17, 2006 11:40 AM
Comment #134106

Well, as one who was born into a ‘union’ home…a ‘yellow-dog’ Democrat home and as one who is now a registered Independent…..I would have to say that to me it looks like it is the Democrat party that is dying. They have been dying a slow death since the sixties(that’s when I abandoned them)…since the far left took over the party. The great majority of this country are conservatives and the liberals stand for everything that we abhor. Clinton, who did not recieve 50% of the vote in his elections only won because Perot was in the race. If they move farther to the left, which it appears the case,ie,Feingold, Hillary, Biden…in the next presidential election…I predict they will lose again.

Posted by: Collin at March 17, 2006 11:50 AM
Comment #134112

Here’s the problem (and Dean has this right). In my “red” state of SC I have a friend who is a local politician. Until 2002 he was a Democrat, but by moving to the GOP he received 4x more party cash and much greater organizational support for his campaign. And if you are an aspiring politician then party ideology (both are now big tents anyway) is less important to your career than organization and cash.

The Republicans are killing the Democrats with organization at the local levels; they have been since the late 80’s to early 90’s. You see this every time polling results don’t match voting results (although I know you guys think voting is all rigged). Organization brings out votes you can’t poll.

What you don’t see is the long-term effect here; the majority of talented young politicians (yes it is a career path) are now in the GOP as a result of their local strategies (especially in the South). In SC the only Democrat they could run to replace a retiring D Senator(Hollings) was a career bureaucrat/Dem politician. The Republican Governor here was voted as one of the worst in the nation, and the Democrats can’t find anyone to run against him.

Listen to Dean. He’s right on the need to build party organization and “invest” even if it means putting money into red states. And until then, I wouldn’t put that death nail in the GOP coffin just yet.

Posted by: George in SC at March 17, 2006 12:10 PM
Comment #134114

I’m not sure whether the Republican Party in general will die, but I think it seems very clear that the Neocon Republican’s are truly TOAST.

Posted by: Adrienne at March 17, 2006 12:12 PM
Comment #134115
What blather! It sounds like the liberal’s are shouting “Let them eat cake! It’s tough going right now for the Republican Party but the reason has absoutely nothing to do with a resurgence of the liberal nuts on the left. How could you possibly imagine that the Democrat Party, devoid of ideas or intelligent proposals should be celebrating.

Stage one is ugly. So much denial of reality.

Posted by: Max at March 17, 2006 12:17 PM
Comment #134116

john both party’s are too busy talking about which party is the weekest.and as a result this makes our country week.dont think for one second the enemies of the u.s.a.don’t love it when the dems blast the president.so this constant belittlement of the pres. is making the over all war much more difficult and a longer prosess.those who wish to harm america can allways depend on the liberal dems.to help them in the cause.

Posted by: john counts at March 17, 2006 12:21 PM
Comment #134119

No one has written an article about it here, but did any of you read about how Claude Allen, the president’s top domestic policy adviser was just caught for being a crook? He now joins the ranks of Safavian and Gale Norton in this regard.
It is the complete and total corruption and glaring incompetence of the Neocons which has killed them. And it’s suicide, for they have no one to blame but themselves.

Posted by: Adrienne at March 17, 2006 12:29 PM
Comment #134127

George in SC,

You raise some interesting points. National politics really is local when you come right down to it. The Republicans are winning less and less on policy and more on the fact that they are supporting each other as a party more than the Democrats are. The Democrats are too focused on national politics to give good support to local and state candidates. This is not true of all states, however. Here in New York it’s the other way around.

Republican Governor here was voted as one of the worst in the nation, and the Democrats can’t find anyone to run against him.

That’s kind of scary, actually. Are there other Republicans or independents who may oppose him? I hear the Democrats are also having trouble finding people to run for Congress in the “swing” state of Ohio. I heard that a while back, though, so things may have changed there.

Adrienne,

I’m not sure whether the Republican Party in general will die, but I think it seems very clear that the Neocon Republican’s are truly TOAST.

Don’t get too excited. A more moderate Republican party may help them get swing votes.

Posted by: TheTraveler at March 17, 2006 1:14 PM
Comment #134132

John,
creative post. I agree and the same analogy with different examples can said of the democrats. I am a steadfast democrat of the Dean persuasion. Kick out Hill, Kerry and traitor Lieberman. Replace with Dean, Clark, Haskert, Feingold…but wait, the old tired ball-less, political careered dems (again Hill, Kerry Lierberman etc) are defeating the large-balled Dems from within by subverting the Deans, Haskerts, Feingolds. Dems can easily take over from the Repubs, all they need are balls to stand up for Demo beliefs. The public is crying out for a replacement of the Republs…why haven’t the Dems responded?

Posted by: wheredemballs at March 17, 2006 1:25 PM
Comment #134138

last post, I meant Paul Hackett, not Haskert . Have mercy!

Posted by: wheredemballs at March 17, 2006 1:38 PM
Comment #134139

wheredemballs (great screen name, btw),

Dems can easily take over from the Repubs, all they need are balls to stand up for Demo beliefs.

That’s exactly what I was saying in the “The Pastrami Budget” thread.
The Democrat posters were argueing that the deficit and the debt were a Republican problem that needed to be fixed by the Republicans.
I argued that the debt could be a winning issue for the Democrats if their candidates came together and promised to eliminate the debt next year.
They are not willing to take that kind of stand on any issue. That’s one of the reasons that many people don’t see the Democrats as being better than the Republicans dispite Republican mistakes such as the deficit.

Posted by: TheTraveler at March 17, 2006 1:45 PM
Comment #134142

Woody,

Your understanding of our government is lacking. You said “Land doesn’t vote, though. People do.”

Actually the founding fathers saw to it that land voted, at least to some important degree. It’s why states like ND, SD, NE, and others with very low populations have the same amount of senators as populated NY or MA. For one I’m glad our farmers have a generally higher representation rate … they’re the best farmers in the world. (And they feed a good portion of it too!)

Posted by: Ken C. at March 17, 2006 2:01 PM
Comment #134144

Cliff,

Yes, I like your initial question. When the republicans die do you think they’ll put them in the same grave as the democrats, tandem, or perhaps just side-by-side. In any case, the tombstones should be similar I think so as not to rub it in that the republicans died last.

Posted by: Ken C. at March 17, 2006 2:07 PM
Comment #134147

Ken C.,

So you are arguing that land does, in fact, vote?

You are revealing your own ignorance. The western states like ND, SD, etc. did not exist when the founding fathers were around. The system they set up does not favor land area at all. Consider tiny states like Rhode Island, Delaware, and New Hampshire, which part of the original 13. If the Founding Fathers were in love with wide open spaces, why did these states get two Senators?

Posted by: Woody Mena at March 17, 2006 2:28 PM
Comment #134148

Traveler-

This is from Rasmussen. Time named him one of the worst three along with Blanco (LA) and Taft (OH):


February 17, 2006—South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R) holds the early lead as he seeks to keep his job for another four years.

Sanford leads State Senator Tommy Moore (D) by 13-percentage points 49% to 36%. He leads Florence Mayor Frank Willis (D) by 19 points, 52% to 33% (see crosstabs).

Any incumbent who polls below 50% is generally considered vulnerable and Sanford is right on the edge. However, the Republican leanings of the state and the fact that the Inez Tennenbaum is taking a pass on the race can make the incumbent breathe a little easier.

Tennenbaum was the Democrats 2004 Senate nominee and is retiring as the South Carolina Superintendent of Education.

Sanford is viewed favorably by 60% of the state’s voters and unfavorably by 27%. Both challengers have much lower name recognition with roughly a third of all voters having no opinion on them.

Again, this is what Democrats are up against. You can’t win an election if you don’t have candidates…..

Posted by: George in SC at March 17, 2006 2:38 PM
Comment #134151

Lordy Lordy what responses of R denial.

Posted by: jim in Pa at March 17, 2006 2:49 PM
Comment #134154

John:

Though I am a Democrat, I don’t want a situation where everybody agrees with me. First, it would be very dull. Second, it’s impossible. Everybody has a different point of view and wants to express it. That’s one reason for this blog.

I don’t want the Republican Party to die and I’m sure it is not dying. But what Republicans are doing is so bad that I think we must boost the Democratic Party to save our country from disaster.

It all goes in cycles. Sometimes the Democratic Party is on top, sometimes the Republican Party is on top. We’ve reached the worst that Republicans can do and it’s time for a change.

Posted by: Paul Siegel at March 17, 2006 2:56 PM
Comment #134170

One purpose per bill. Term limits. Real debates. No closed door ‘town hall’ meetings. Open to everyone, ESPECIALLY those with disenting opinions.

Posted by: tree hugger at March 17, 2006 3:58 PM
Comment #134171

Latest NPR Survey: Republicans Lose Ground on Foreign Policy, National Security; Opportunity for Democrats

“…in this poll, when asked which party they trust more on issues such as the Iraq war, foreign ownership of U.S. ports and attention to homeland security, majorities chose the Democrats.”
Posted by: Adrienne at March 17, 2006 4:03 PM
Comment #134176

Sorry, that link didn’t work. Here is again.

Posted by: Adrienne at March 17, 2006 4:07 PM
Comment #134189

Interesting blog. My first visit here. What amazes me about Bush supporters is how passionately loyal many of them still are after all the fiascos and lies that has been typical of this administration. Our country has gone to hell in a handbasket and I still am hearing people support Bush with a sort of religious ferver. Unfortunately, the dems haven’t really come up with a strong candidate that can convince the few disgruntled Repubs to make the switch that this country so desparately needs, even though I am completely convinced that Kerry would have been ten thousand times better than the current administration. It is embarassing right now to be an American and that breaks my heart.

Posted by: Jane at March 17, 2006 4:46 PM
Comment #134200

The thing that really gives me the creeps is the fact that the GOP and neocons may have been manipulating elections in their favor.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/crisis/06/050_ep.html

If this is true, it means that even if most people no longer want a GOP-run government, we could get one anyway. Truly scary stuff.

Posted by: john at March 17, 2006 5:08 PM
Comment #134230

The democrats need to get something going. The republicans can go get out sourced Bush said it so do it. He is your Man take him to run someones elses country maybe Mexico they have ranches for him to hide on while the rest of the country goes to hell.

Posted by: glen at March 17, 2006 7:22 PM
Comment #134241

The Republican Party will go on. Hopefully they will go back to their roots. Lincoln,Ike even Goldwater(pro choice). What must go are the neo-con fascist. With luck the real conservatives will realize they have been had and eject those sobs.
I fear it will be difficult to rid our country of that scum. They will go to any length to retain power and as they have repeatedly shown they have no moral minimum to temper their actions. Power does that to some and now they face a real threat of going to prison should either branch of the legislature actually start investigating. It may take more than votes to get rid of them but it must be done. This is not politics as usual.
This time when we get rid of them lets make sure their ilk can never again rise to power. I do not know who I am quoteing sorry,”All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”

Posted by: BillS at March 17, 2006 7:51 PM
Comment #134244

I thought it was

1 - rigor mortis
2 - rot
3 - stick
4 - bloat
5 - maggots

Posted by: tony at March 17, 2006 7:59 PM
Comment #134286

“What must go are the neo-con fascist. With luck the real conservatives will realize they have been had and eject those sobs.”

hear, hear.

o ye neocon, you are of your father the devil, and you would further the desires of your father. he was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand for truth, for there is no truth in him. whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Posted by: diogenes (i) at March 17, 2006 10:46 PM
Comment #134294

I would like to know why the AMERICAN PEOPLE like my self has to put up with all this dishonest goverment, do we have to wait untill we are setting on top of our houses and the whole world sees how our own goverment and tax dollars work for us. Bush should be ashamed of him self. I know I am every time he talks it makes us all look stupid for haveing a leader that can’t speak ENGLISH.

Posted by: glen at March 17, 2006 11:14 PM
Comment #134295

glen,

don’t wait, vote to impeach now. even a modest donation will help. i have given $20.

and/or, if you’re a member of any group that shares your feelings, check this out.

Posted by: diogenes (i) at March 17, 2006 11:35 PM
Comment #134298

You are so right , Glen…..he is truly an embarassment, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why all of these supposedly smart neo-cons can continue to sing his praises.

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at March 17, 2006 11:39 PM
Comment #134301

Thanks for that info. diogenes…….I just did as well, and forwarded to others ! What is it they say about the longest journey beginning with one step…?!

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at March 17, 2006 11:51 PM
Comment #134304

The democrats need to focus on the way this President has turned his back on the working class. The job grouth has been in construction oil Refinerys are expanding like crazy and we are paying for it big time. The good jobs have been sent over seas and we are starting to feed on our selfs like home repair yard work stuff that cater to retires. We need to build stuff here and sell it not keep buying it from over seas. I went looking for tools for work and they had to be AMRICAN made do you know how many places I had to go.

Posted by: glen at March 17, 2006 11:53 PM
Comment #134305

“supposedly smart neo-cons”

whoever made that baseless claim?

neocons endorse lying as a means of achieving their goals. an intelligent person would have no need to lie, for their logic would be persuasion enough.

Posted by: diogenes (i) at March 17, 2006 11:54 PM
Comment #134307

thank you sandra, you are a true patriot in my estimation. your country owes you a debt of gratitude. don’t forget to tell your representatives!

Posted by: diogenes (i) at March 17, 2006 11:59 PM
Comment #134308

…..diogenes…… self perception….. ;)…..I never said their choices were wise, or their beliefs either.

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at March 18, 2006 12:01 AM
Comment #134309

You all carry on the fight against evil…….good night.

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at March 18, 2006 12:04 AM
Comment #134315

Here is an old Lecture from the Reds side.
It reads like a Highjacking Plot for the Neo Cons
to take control of somebodies party? Any guess?
But it’s our country too that got highjack.

The Neoconservatives:An Endangered Species

By Kirk Russell
December 15 1988
Heritage Lecture #178


Conservatives hear no Evil

Neo cons see no Evil

Religious right speak no Evil

The Red Neo cons keep hitting us with the Baseball Bat of freedom in the back of our Heads
then tells us to look up at the pretty birds and
stars it’s good for you trust me.

Americans need to watch for that bat again,it’s
not for freedom like they tell you.
Big corporate Bat,lets shove it up there ass in
2006.

Posted by: js at March 18, 2006 12:23 AM
Comment #134325

The Rpblcn party reached 2 low points during my lifetime. The first was after Goldwater was their candidate, when there were 68 democratic Senators after 1964.

They started to make a comeback in 1966 with more liberal candidates. Nixon was a fairly liberal president, but after Watergate, the Rpblcn party reached another low in 1974. Nixon made GHWBush chairman of the Rplcn party.

Gradually, the movement began to change the Rpblcn party into the Conservative Party, and to paint the Democratic party as the liberal party. Liberals were hounded out of the Rpblcn party, and people who hoped to maintain some level of segregation, were encouraged to run as Rpblcns.

In 1980, democrats, and many rpblcns, considered Ronald Reagan to be such a joke, that they underestimated him into the presidency. He was helped by GHWBush, who taught him the race-baiting which helped form the new red state coalition.

Reagan also began the spend and not tax policy which has become standard under Rpblcn presidents, running up huge deficits, and then blaming democrats for raising taxes when they pay off the deficits.

In 1992, our golden boy, William Jefferson Clinton, became the 42nd President of The United States, full of good ideas. During his term, the Rpblcn Congress shut down the Government of the United States, just to show how patriotic they are.

In 2000, GWBush, with fewer popular votes, and disputed electoral votes, was selected by SCOTUS appointees of Reagan and his father, GHWBush, to be POTUS, an unprecedented 8 years after his father left office.

There is a basic disconnect between 2 parts of the Rpblcn party. What do the 2 Rpblcn senators from Maine have in common with the 2 Rpblcn senators from Mississippi? Libertarians and Cultural Conservatives have little in common with eachother, but nobody wants to be relegated to 3rd party status.

Legally, GWBush will cease to be POTUS in January of 2009, and hopefully, this will end the influence of his toxic family in our national government. The Rpblcn party might morph into something less cringe-worthy.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 18, 2006 1:18 AM
Comment #134352

Woody,

Actually Ken C does have a point. ONe of the biggest problems at the constitutional convention was that the small states (small by population) wouldn’t sign on until they felt represented. That’s why every state gets two senators whereas the house members are base on population.

Posted by: tom L at March 18, 2006 8:51 AM
Comment #134354

Tom L,

What you said is correct but it has nothing to do with my point. This argument started because I said “Land doesn’t vote.” No one has offered a shred of evidence to contradict my claim.

As I pointed out, the system that was set up gave a boost to less populous states, regardless of land area.

Ken C.,

Another point that occurred to me. If you want farmers to get more representation, you should lobby for more Senators for California. CA has the highest agricultural output of any state.

Posted by: Woody Mena at March 18, 2006 9:11 AM
Comment #134381

Quite the contrary. The Democrats are about to show a re-birth, that the Republicans will not be able to participate or take credit for, for many years. The Contract on America was a big joke. Note to politicians trying to be re-elected:…. stay away from Bush. Get your hands dirty, go to New Orleans. Listen to a person, who has no insurance. A gallon of milk and a loaf of bread is now more than minimum wage. The damage that he and his “proud” team have accomplished, won’t be forgotten for a long time. A horrific joke, that has been allowed to continue and be financed, far too long. Shame on the GOP, for trying to defend this ignorance. What a disgrace. The Democratic party has never looked so good. So no, the Democratic Party has not died, we are just getting started, with a whole lot of cleaning-up and cleaning-out to do.

Posted by: McKay at March 18, 2006 12:12 PM
Comment #134390

MY PARTENER CALLED US PROSTITUTES

Posted by: JUSTIN MEYERING at March 18, 2006 1:34 PM
Comment #134493

I would suggest you all watch Real Time with Bill Maher. This country is nothing more than :U.S. Corporate America”. Neither party is worth listening too.. and they are all swindling us out of everything we’ve got. Both parties suck..and I’m pretty disgusted with ethics of not only the parties..but also the ability of Industry to ruin this country through both parties.

Posted by: J Van Dyke at March 19, 2006 3:39 AM
Comment #134565

Mr van dyke, You are right. We need to be like canada and hold a no confidence vote on our goverment. We are not worth Social Security or health care but the goverment gives our tax dollars to every country. You can not buy friends and if you do what are they worth. Their should be a term limit on all politicans and they should get the same benifits as their lowest economic voter in there distric.

Posted by: glen at March 19, 2006 12:45 PM
Comment #134571

How much longer are we going to stand by, before we impeach Bush? Let’s see… Clinton lied and and lots of people jumped on the bandwagon to remove him. Has Bush not lied more, and been more harmful, than Clinton ever thought about being? Bush needs to be removed. He has done nothing but damaged America, and the world. Yet we allow him more money, more power to enforce his demented ways. Maybe he could spend some of that funding for more body bags. He cares about the quality of American Way of Life, as much as my cat does.

Posted by: McKay at March 19, 2006 1:02 PM
Comment #134663

McKay, I must rise to defense of your cat. I am sure your cat cares much more about the American way of life than GWBush. Bush is defending the Cayman Islands way of life. I am sure that your cat does not have offshore business ventures, or deal with money launderers. I read Garfield and Heathcliff every day, as well as Doonesbury, although Trudeau seems to be on vacation right now. They are all better at defending America than GWBush.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 19, 2006 9:21 PM
Comment #134669

I am sorry, I forgot to mention that Bush is also defending the way of life of the United Arab Emirates.

Posted by: ohrealy at March 19, 2006 9:39 PM
Comment #134704

What blather! It sounds like the liberal’s are shouting “Let them eat cake! It’s tough going right now for the Republican Party but the reason has absoutely nothing to do with a resurgence of the liberal nuts on the left. How could you possibly imagine that the Democrat Party, devoid of ideas or intelligent proposals should be celebrating. American’s will not vote the Dems back into a majority in the congress by continuing to attack Bush. Hell, he’s not running. And the slogan…”Vote for change” sounds rather like “from the frying pan into the fire”.

Posted by: Jim Martin at March 17, 2006 10:14 AM

“How could you possibly imagine that the Democrat Party, devoid of ideas or intelligent proposals should be celebrating”.

Another merchanidise sale in the Great Republican Marketing Scam pandered to those like Jim who haven’t the ability to think beyond the ten foot square in front of a television rapidly becoming to be known as the “media Jonestown” of nothing more than a corporpately sponsored neo-fascist cult dressed in conservative drag.

Posted by: expatUSA_Indonesia at March 20, 2006 12:52 AM
Comment #134722

In response to McKay..Corporate America needs to not be running Washington and it is at the expense of the little guy. Ford’s wants to renig on retiree benefits..couldn’t believe it. I went to a UAW meeting as they sent me a copy of what they wanted..90% of that group will not be alive in 5 years. I felt like a teenager (53). These are not the people who made $20 plus per hour..maybe $10-15 and in lieu of wages contracted for benefits which Ford wants to renig on now..although they are still showing a profit. There’s a little $98 legal fee every year that has to be claimed as income whether or not you use it. For every 100,000 employees and retirees someone (gov’t as I was told it was with the federal gov’t) is pocketing close to $8 million and I am sure it is a tax write off for Ford’s. Canada..unfortunately they think our form of gov’t is special as they have made the mistake we have..they will find out it is not going to work.

Posted by: J Van Dyke at March 20, 2006 8:20 AM
Comment #134858

Bush Asks U.S. to Look Past Iraq Bloodshed.
What a crock of 100% Doo Doo !

Posted by: McKay at March 20, 2006 8:04 PM
Comment #135990

Almost 9 trillion in debt? Borrowing money from other countries? I find it funny that the rich, can’t see that it will be their kids paying for all of this. Poor children that become adults, can’t. So who does that leave?

Posted by: McKay at March 26, 2006 5:40 PM
Comment #288436

We are now in the final phase of what will reawaken the western world. While whites are a proud and honorable race, we are a shrinking minority with only 10% of the human population. The Rise of egalitarian Negroid-Mongoloid Neo-Communism, will assure in the destruction of the liberal western democracies, while the conservatives may awaken a day late and a dollar short, they can only delay the inevitable, demographics is destiny, economies are crumbling, anger is growing, and gun shops are running low on guns and ammo, who are buying the guns, we all know who, I bought a few my self, and you know why. With the destruction of the liberal west, ethno-nationalist west will rise from the ashes. See you on the battlefield.

Posted by: locust at September 23, 2009 3:26 AM
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