2006 Election / 2008 Election / Democratic Party / Kennedy's / Poverty

What Would Bobby Do?

Although much has changed over the past 42 years, as today only one-third of voters identify themselves as Democrats, Kennedy’s passion and idealism continue to inspire his party at the same time as the release of the movie “Bobby” revives his message of hope. As the Democrats prepare to take control of Congress for the first time in 12 years, we can only wonder what Bobby would say to today’s Democrats.
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2006 Election / Republican Party

The Republicans’ Gathering Storm

In 1994, Democrats were hit with the political equivalent of “the perfect storm” which enabled Republicans to seize control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 42 years. For today’s beleaguered Republicans watching the gathering clouds anxiously, the good news is that the forecast does not call for [a 1994] perfect storm . . . The bad news is that, instead, they face something much worse. continued
Special Election Sheds Light on Flawed Initiative Process
Santa Monica Daily Press
November 25, 2005
While the special election voters were clearly unhappy with Governor Schwarzenegger, there was another election day actor with approval ratings even lower than the Governor’s – the initiative process itself. The Governor can redeem both himself and the initiative process by making initiative reform the first measure submitted for the 2006 ballot. continued
Altar Boys and Communion Rail Politics
Union County Advocate
June 23, 2004
If the communion police continue to sanction Democratic politicians, Altar Boys for Kerry will mobilize a Million Altar Boy March on Washington . . . [and may]protest by refusing to extend the communion plate to right-wing politicians, always opening the missal to the Beatitudes, handing out “rate cards” for obtaining marriage annulments or indulgences, or responding “remember Galileo” instead of “amen.” continued
Sock Puppet Politics
Democratic Underground
October 19, 2004
The two main planks of the Bush campaign – the administration’s tax cuts and the war in Iraq – rely on . . . “Sock Puppet Politics.” Like Pets.com and the Sock Puppet before him, Bush is counting on voters to be persuaded by his affability and the two prizes delivered – tax cuts and Saddam Hussein’s capture – and not focus on the bigger picture of the costs of these prizes. continued
Aborted Values
Santa Monica Daily Press
December 3, 2004
In seeking to become the second Catholic president, John Kerry instead became only the second post-war Democrat to lose the Catholic vote in a competitive election. This remarkable result, however, says more about today’s Catholic Church than either John Kerry or the Democratic Party. continued

Carlson, Coulter & Canada
Democratic Underground
December 10, 2004
The fact that some Canadians had the audacity to protest during President Bush’s visit to their country last week made it open season for right-wing pundits to bash the other French-speaking country they love to hate. . . Being married to a Canadian and having represented Canadian companies, I find these jingoistic attacks to be a perfect illustration of President Kennedy’s lament that “too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” continued

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