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All is not as it seems

Posted: July 4, 2010 10:52 p.m.
Updated: July 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

In his column today (“Random and rambling ruminations,” June 22), Kevin Buck discussed the chances of the Democratic party in the November elections, especially in light of the tea party activists and their effects on recent elections.

He completely discounts their effectiveness and relevancy, dismissing them (us) as a temporary phenomenon.

Here’s the problem for you, Kevin. You wrote: “... just as there was no real chance of anti-war hippies and the radical left gaining power in the ’60s and ’70s.”

And yet, those exact people are the ones now running your party and serving in office. The leftist radicals have hijacked the Democratic party.

The John Kerrys, Tom Haydens, Ted Kennedys and others of the leftist fringe of the Democratic party of the ’60s and ’70s — and their acolytes of the next generation like Rahm Emmanuel, Van Jones, Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi — have completely absconded with the mainstream Democratic party of that era, making truly centrist Democrats like Hubert Humphrey just a fading memory.

Further, contrary to your claims, the most recent polling data I can find (www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/2010_nevada_senate_race.html) shows Sharron Angle defeating Harry Reid in the Nevada race.

You may be correct when you write that “the center rules American politics,” but you’re completely misreading the tea leaves if you think the Democratic party is perceived by the American people as being in the “center.”

You may be correct that the Democrats will retain their (probably diminished) majorities in Congress, but that means that their agenda — already so difficult for them to enact — will be even more problematic moving forward. Which means they’ll undoubtedly resort to even more desperate tactics, enraging even more people as time goes on, which probably means a real drubbing at the polls in 2012.

Good news for the country.

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