This is a gift to Democrats. Katrina, massive budget deficits, and continued economic hardship have proven that Republicans can’t govern. Iraq, Plame, and Osama Bin Laden have proven that Republicans can’t run an effective foreign policy or protect our nation. Now Scalito, along with Bush’s social security debacle, will prove to the American people that conservative ideology doesn’t have their best interests at heart.
Let the debate begin.
I agree, but we need to do it right. I left the following as a comment:
One of the effective arguments about the Katrina disaster was that people tied it to something deeper. By tying the Katrina mess to underlying ideological ideas we were able to point out that Bush and the Right have failed the country in a more fundamental way.
Yes, Bush appointed cronies. Yes, Bush’s administration wasn’t ready, etc. But — and here is the important thing — people added the word BECAUSE, and tied it all to something more fundamental. And this was effective. Bush wasn’t ready to respond to Katrina BECAUSE Republicans don’t believe in government. Bush appointed cronies BECAUSE Republicans don’t believe in government. People suffered and died after Katrina BECAUSE we need government and that is the primary thing government DOES.
See what I mean? When we are criticizing Republicans on narrow issues we should always tie our criticisms to make a point about how Progressive values are better than conservative values. We should learn to always drive the deeper point home. We should always be arguing that Progressive values are better for people than conservative values.
That’s what the conservatives do, and it works.
Discuss. (See also Frameshop)