The state of the Democrat Partyposted by Rob at 7:57 AM
Nice column out today by Jonah Goldberg. In just a few paragraphs he describes how, as weak as Bush is politically right now, his opposition is even weaker:
George W. Bush is at his lowest approval level of his presidency, Iraq will not likely be a political winner for the foreseeable future, congressional Republicans are balking at his agenda and, in response, Bush is throwing money out the window as if he's afraid it might catch fire. Yet his thoroughly rich, white male nominee has passed with barely a scratch. ...Both parties have their soft underbellys. It will be interesting to see which one if better defended as the 2008 election season gains momentum come spring.
In speech after speech, Democrats voting "no" said he was qualified, decent, brilliant, capable, nice, but they just couldn't do it. You got the sense John Kerry wanted to take Roberts to a nice restaurant and give the nominee the "it's not you, it's me" speech: Look, you're a great guy, and any country would be lucky to have you. I'm just not in a good place right now.
And that's about as good a description of what's going on with the Democrats as any out there.