Friday, January 9, 2009

Illinois senator and governor represent why I don't understand Democrats and what they stand for

Consider what passes for principle in the Democratic Party:

* Today the Illinois House impeached the Democratic governor, who tried to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder. Still, the guy nominated someone for the seat and sent him to Washington.

* In Congress, Dems in the Senate initially opposed the seating of Roland Burris. The following day, they embraced him. Today, they gave out mixed signals, trying to hide behind the lack of a secretary of state's signature instead of doing the right thing and telling Burris to go home.

Even though they are in power nationally, Democrats have a long way to go when it comes to standing for something by which they won't be deterred. And because of that moral failing, their rise to power can disappear as quickly as it occurred.

Now I'm not a fan of Republicans either. I know what they stand for. But it is easier to find some common ground to move issues forward with a group that stands somewhat tight to what it believes. Particularly in Tennessee, where Democrats resemble little of their national party, this quality becomes even more important.

And more noticeable when Democrats nationally even betray doing the right thing.

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