Molly Ivins Tells Us We Need Leadership, Now, To Win In '06
Molly Ivins says she's Not. Backing. Hillary.
She's sick of all the milquetoast, centrist, DLC Democrat, wishy-washy, I don't want to offend a right-winger, BS that most of the national Democratic Party leaders have been playing for the last two decades, give or take:
I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.
Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone. This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges.
She wants a party with a backbone, that CLEARLY stands for something like these kind of issues:
The majority of the American people (55 percent) think the war in Iraq is a mistake and that we should get out. The majority (65 percent) of the American people want single-payer health care and are willing to pay more taxes to get it. The majority (86 percent) of the American people favor raising the minimum wage. The majority of the American people (60 percent) favor repealing Bush's tax cuts, or at least those that go only to the rich. The majority (66 percent) wants to reduce the deficit not by cutting domestic spending, but by reducing Pentagon spending or raising taxes.
The majority (77 percent) thinks we should do "whatever it takes" to protect the environment. The majority (87 percent) thinks big oil companies are gouging consumers and would support a windfall profits tax. That is the center, you fools. WHO ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
I listen to people like Rahm Emanuel superciliously explaining elementary politics to us clueless naifs outside the Beltway ("First, you have to win elections.") Can't you even read the damn polls?
What Molly is trying to tell us is that with the issues
in our favor
and weak national leadership
, except Dean and a few others, we need to find some leadership fast. We must attack the Republicans first where it will hurt them the most, as being weak on security. For creating more terrorism
, letting Osama go
free, the Taliban's resurgence
, not arming our soldiers
. This must be done especially because Rove has said
that's what they're going to run on. By doing this it will take away what they perceive to be their strength. It will also keep all those domestic issues Molly mentioned, which are in our favor, in the forefront in '06 and that's how we win back Congress '06.