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December 29, 2006

Simile of the Year

by Nicholas Beaudrot of Electoral Math:

Max Speak, you listen:

Finally, I have a problem with the DeLongian formulation, shared in spirit by Thoma, about "balancing" Social Security and Medicare finance. Here as well, the problem is not only the economics, but the political reality that in matters of budgetary scruples, the Democrats are trying to hold a formal dinner with a pack of feces-flinging monkeys.

This applies to more than just balancing the budget; it applies to ethics reform, giving the House minority leeway, and anywhere else where the Republican party is currently bringing a gun to the knife fight, and the Democrats respond by asking "can they do that?" rather than reaching for the .22 in the wheel well. Until the GOP has lost enough elections that they are convinced hardball politics is one of the root causes, there's very, very, little room for debate.

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That would be a metaphor, not a simile.

Posted by: Dave Justus | Dec 29, 2006 12:04:22 PM

A metaphor is flower that is like a simile.

Posted by: John I | Dec 29, 2006 12:34:43 PM

I have mixed feelings about how the Dem. majorities in the House and Senate should behave in regard to the minority in regard to process and procedural rights.

On the one hand, 'grant no quarter' sounds right. Or 'teach them a lesson'. They will whine anyway, and surely obstruct rather than ccntribute productively. Roy Blunt has made that clear already.

On the other hand, how do we get back to whatever will pass for normality if we continue eye for an eye retribution? The Republican majority desolved what passes for 'democratic' legislative behavior over the last 10-12 years. Is that the new norm?

I guess I'd follow Ron Reagan's 'trust but verify' approach to dealing with the Ruski's. I'd return to the previous comity between the parties in process, but I'd make it damn clear that obstruction will not be tolerated - at the price of returning to Republican rules or worse. Maybe if some obstructors had their offices moved to the basement or their phones became unreliable, they might get the message.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Dec 29, 2006 12:39:02 PM

Man, I swear I read "like" in there, which would have made it a simile ... right, English nerds?

Man, I'm never going to get in Elizabeth Edwards' good graces.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Dec 29, 2006 12:52:11 PM

I just don't understand the Dem mindset.

For two decades now they have been acting like an abused wife.

The GOP has been breaking institutional rules, throwing abuse and insults at Dems and all Dems can do is beg "please don't hit me". Dem's timidity has only emboldened the GOP. They know they can go to any extreme (impeachment, nuclear option, stealing elections) and Dems will be begging lets all get along.

Posted by: DonB | Dec 29, 2006 7:36:02 PM

Part of the strategy should be influenced by the fact that many of the most odious incumbents are now gone. And that Democrats will not hold the majority forever.

Of course, if the Democrats make excuses rather than get things done on the budget and ethics reform and oversight, they'll find themselves on the outside looking in in 2008.

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