“We have been too
nice. We have been too polite.” So says long time DNC strategist Ann Lewis
in talking about the lack of a coherent message to run against the Democrats'
personal devil, George W. Bush. Lewis and the DNC, who post a weblog titled
“kicking ass” on the home page of the DNC website as something to be proud
of, are just part of a surging liberal enterprise clawing its way to the
forefront of the American political scene.
Feeling minimized and unheard, the strident liberalism of the late 1960’s
is reborn today with a vengeance. The resurgence of the hard left has nothing
to do with a clash of ideas inasmuch as a grasp for power. Instead, it is
the blind rage the left shows with such consummate detail for President Bush
that drives the candidacy of Howard Dean, and exposes the long knives in
the liberal establishment.
Internet organizations like MoveOn.org have amassed nearly two million members
since its inception during the Clinton/Monicagate days. They have paid for
and run political ads and will all the way up to the 2004 elections, brandishing
Bush as a “Betrayer” and “MisLeader.” If the Dean nomination for President
prevails in representing the national Democratic Party, he will in no small
way owe it to the zealous hate of groups like MoveOn.org. It is just one
of many web sites that have sprouted recently with the singular and uniting
goal of politically killing George W. Bush.
Within the past year, liberal icons have discovered the poison pen to the
delight of the faithful, writing books that match their anger and frustration
over their power outage in Washington. Michael Moore’s Dude, Where's My Country, and The Great Unraveling by the New York Times'
resident Machiavellian Paul Krugman are just two of the more tamer titles,
though the contents of the books are insidiously vulgar. Others like Bushwhacked by uberliberals Molly Ivins and Lou Dubase and satirist Al Franken’s Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
leave little to the imagination. These are the enablers of liberal hate.
By justifying that hate in print, further fueled by reviews and appearances
on the NY Times best seller list, it lends to the legitimacy of the
dominate ethos that defines the 2004 Democratic Party; a near pathological
Numerous far left organizations have melded to form the umbrella group Americans
Coming Together, a cording of big labor, feminists enclaves, and environmentalists
united to “conduct a massive voter contact program, mobilizing voters to
defeat George W. Bush and elect progressive candidates all across America.”
The group's web site does not promote ideas or positive positions on policy
in any detail, but excels at promoting the politics of hate by instilling
the cold touch of pessimistic fear. The goal of ACT founder Ellen R. Malcolm,
who is credited for starting EMILY’S List, a group dedicated to electing
pro-choice women into Congress, is to raise 75 million dollars to defeat
the “extremist Republican agenda,” led by George Bush.
Reacting to the reality of long established Conservative think tanks such
as The Heritage Foundation, the ACU, and The Federalist Society having contributed
to the shaping of political sentiment in the country, liberals have launched
the newly formed Center for American Progress. Headed by former President
Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, the group's aim is to infuse new ideas
into an otherwise directionless party, and increase public awareness of "progressive"
issues. Perhaps the most tolerant of all the efforts being expended toward
a Bush defeat in 2004, it nevertheless boasts such liberal standby's as Al
Gore's former spokesman Doug Hattaway, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, and
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Even on an individual level, the hate for Bush runs deep. Billionaire George
Soros recently likened Bush to Hitler's Nazi Germany: “When I hear Bush say,
'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans.” Soros
has bankrolled every liberal organization he can, giving 20 million dollars
to The Center for American Progress, 10 million to Americans Coming Together,
and 5 million to MoveOn.org. “America, under Bush, is a danger to the world,
and I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is.” So consumed with
hate is Soros that to him, next year's election is "a matter of life and
Besides all of the above, liberals are looking to expand their message through
the medium of talk radio, and possibly an “all the time” liberal TV network.
To me, this is all fine and dandy, as I believe in the open market of ideas.
But this is simply not the case with today's new liberal party, which has
not had an idea (good or otherwise) since Lyndon Johnson's launching of “The
Great Society” in 1964. They have rested on their laurels and sated themselves
on the power that lies within the hallways of Washington. Today, the hallways
are lined with Republicans, and the power outage for liberals has resulted
in a cacophony of indecorous hate bare of policy, but full of rebuke.
Recently, Democratic Presidential contender John Kerry gave an interview
to Rolling Stone magazine, where upon being asked if he felt “blindsided”
by the success of Howard Dean, Kerry replies that he did not expect George
Bush to “f**k it up as badly as he did.” The question pertained to
Dean's thrashing of Kerry in the race, and not at all to Bush.
But the knee-jerk reaction of a once respected 20-year Washington veteran
was to dive headlong to the left in a rather pathetic effort to appeal to
the fringe that propels the candidacy of Dean. And even then, Kerry winds
up blaming Bush for what has obviously been a dismal campaign on his part.
Bereft of his own platform and creating a personality according to what the
latest polls say, Kerry reverts to the Democratic prerequisite, hate George
If Howard Dean succeeds in winning the nomination, the Democratic Party loses.
It will not matter who he picks to run as the Vice President or who his Secretary
of State will be. Dean is so far left and vitriolic in his speech, he will
not be able to navigate the middle ground to appease the majority of centrist
Democrats, and he will have effectively wiped out 8 years of Clinton triangulation.
His run up to that point will be replete with too much history, too much
hate. The way Democrats are running political discourse and their party into
the ground, it's a wonder one of them has not kneecapped George Bush. As
American author George Jean Nathan said “No man can think clearly when his
fists are clenched.” Unfortunately for the vast majority of the country,
Republicans and Democrats both, the new left that is dominating the nominee
process walks with a clenched fist at all times, hating, hating, hating.
Vincent Fiore is a freelance writer.