No Will to Win?. The
Democrats have been blessed with the high ground on one important issue
after another, but they are too timid to take full advantage. By Bob Herbert. [New York Times: Opinion]
The Dems may indeed sink like the Titanic next year. But I don’t think
Dr. Dean is the problem — at least, not yet. The problem is the party
itself. God and the Republicans have blessed the Democrats with the
high ground on one important issue after another, from the war in Iraq
to national economic policy to health care to education to the
But like the Union general George McClellan, the Democrats have been
too timid to take full advantage. It’s a party for the faint of heart.
The Republicans are hijacking elections and redistricting the country
and looting the Treasury and ignoring the Constitution and embittering
our allies, while the Democrats are — let’s see, fumbling their way
through an incoherent primary season and freaking out over Al Gore’s
endorsement of Howard Dean.
Seems to me the Democrats have been throwing elections for nigh on 30
years. It remainss one of the great American mysteries: why do the
Democrats have so much less hunger than the Republicans for victory?
It’s a party for the faint of heart.