Long Past Time For Some Changes

Democrats Forced To Work on Margins (washingtonpost.com):

“The The Republicans’ aggressive moves caught the Democrats off guard. Although they had come to expect tough GOP tactics in the House, they were stunned when the strategies moved to the Senate, where relations between the parties have been less confrontational. Some Democrats now regret they did not react more quickly and aggressively.”

Didn’t catch ME “off guard.” I understood what The Party was all about. I knew that the Republicans had declared war on half of the country. I knew it years ago. And when you’re in a war, you want leadership that at the very least recognizes there’s a war going on.

“”We never imagined they would not include all conferees” in the negotiations, Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) said in an interview as the session was ending. “Our mistake was we didn’t insist on inclusion” before key bills were sent to conference for final drafting, he added.”

Sounds like it’s time for Tom to go.

Democrats “probably should have done more” to protest the Medicare negotiations and will be “much more resolute” in confronting future GOP tactics, said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who played a pivotal role in the Democrats’ response to the Medicare legislation.”

Sounds like it’s time for Teddy to go.

“On Medicare, Democrats see plenty of blame to go around.

Some question Kennedy’s early support for a Senate bill that opened the way for conference agreement. Many are furious at Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.) and John Breaux (La.), who stuck around to negotiate after Republicans barred all other Democrats, including Daschle, from the conference. Others say Daschle should have kicked up more of a fuss, although he insists it would have done little good. Still others say Democratic critics of the bill might have prevailed if the AARP had not endorsed it.”

DEFINITELY time for Max and John to go!

And good riddance Zell!