Monday, May 05, 2008

Will Democrats go the way of British Labour?

With terrorism, energy, illegal immigrants, trade, jobs, and America's crumbling infrastructure, the Nancy Pelosi Congress' position has been to do nothing and blame President Bush. Rather than seek some compromise with the opposition party, they defer instead to the bias wishes of their radical base, the Netroots, who suffer no dealings with Republicans.

If the Democratic Party continues their pursuit of being the "worst Congress in history", they may find themselves elected out of office, much as the British cast out its Labour Party last week. The once triumphant party of Tony Blair did its very best to make their nation's resurgent economy worse. American Liberals in their 2nd year in power has done little to stop a 60% rise in gas prices, an economy in the doldrums, plus make good on their vow to force a withdrawal from Iraq (thankfully).

All polls still seem to point toward a good year for Democrats, yet as seen with the once wildly popular Labour Government, political fortunes can change overnight. If the present occupiers of Congress fail in their mandate for change, it is very likely they too will be forced out as were Republicans in 2006.

The Democrats also seem set to choose as their Party's candidate for President someone who is closer to their out-of-the-mainstream Far Left ideology, Senator Barack Obama. The more we learn about the man with the most liberal voting record in the Senate, the less likely he appears as a viable match against the conservative John McCain. In contrast is the more moderate Hillary Clinton, who the Netroots despise, but knows how to win against Republicans, if her husband's political victories at the height of the Reagan Revolution is any comparison.

Another example of how fortunes change is Italy's recent election which saw Bush ally Silvio Berlusconi return as President. The Italians snd the British apparently have learned that easy answers are no answers at all. Democrats could learn this lesson, that their recent comeback could be short-lived unless they can find answers to our nation's myriad woes, rather than the too-easy but familiar gridlock and partisanship.