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Rick Munroe
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To a certain degree, I disagree with the article. From my point of view. The breakdown of the Democratic began in 1968, when Hubert Humphry lost the election to Richard Nixon. From then on the country through a gradual process became more conservative. The core effect of this shift really took hold in the 1980's. It's been unstoppable ever since.


THe article takes aim at Bill Clinton and James Carville. In 1992, to present his credentials, Mr Clinton ran on a consistent centrist theme. Had Mr Clinton ran a tradtional liberal campaign. He would never have been in the White House. When he took office, he took a liberal agenda and tried to implement it. Gays in the military, overhaul of the health care system, attempted to balance the budget by raising taxes. In 1994, the country as a whole was so sick of this, because of the mood at the time, Republicans gained a majority in both the House and The Senate.


What did Bill Clinton after that, he was dazed and confused along with the rest of his Administration. He was finally convinced to bring in Dick Morris. The first thing they do are get rid of liberals like Leon Panetta and Dee Dee Myers. They brought in people like Mike McCurry and Robert Rubin. This gave the Clinton White House a sort of face lift. Both Clinton and Morris adopted a more conservative approach. Ideas like agreeing with Newt Gingrich to officially balance the budget and announce the era of big government is over. Conservatives rejoiced because they knew that Clinton had to finally acknowledge that liberalism no longer worked on a national level. This approach by the Clinton Administration helped them win a second term in the White House.


So Bill Clinton leaves office in 2000, and George W. Bush becomes custodian of the country. He quickly runs to the right of his political party and the events of 9/11 definitely helped him a lot. In 2002, Karl Rove and George W. Bush take a gamble of a political lifetime and accuse the Democrats of being soft on Terrorism and National Defence. They take aim at Senator Daschle and Senator Cleland. Both Democrats. One lost his seat in 2002. The other one just lost his seat over two weeks ago. In 2002, the Bush team quesitoned both Senators patriotism to the United States. Not one Democrat was able to come to their defence. After the election Mr Clinton quite rightly pointed that out, the Democratic party should have come to their defence. It's a trend that the Republicans have never stopped using to their advantage. The Democrats still fail to respond effectively.


The Republican Party are constantly changing their image. They take positions and run with the ball. The Democrats dont seem to do that. They just seem to react to which ever position their counterparts are taking and go with for the most part the opposite view.


For me I think that Mr Clinton and Mr Carville are right on the money on why the Democrats have only one 3 out of the 10 last Presidential Elections. The Democratic Party has do decide as to do they want to back to notoin of Liberalism or do they want to go back to to the philosophy of being Centrist Democrats. If the Democrats aren't able to figure things out, they will just keep losing Presidential Elecions. Only time will tell.



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RE: The Bronze Rat


A tourist walks into a curio shop in San Francisco.  Looking around at the exotica, he notices a very lifelike, life-sized bronze statue of a rat.  It has no price tag, but it's so striking he decides he must have it.


He takes it to the owner: "How much for the bronze rat?"  "Twelve dollars for the rat, one hundred dollars for the story," says the owner.


The tourist gives the man twelve dollars.  "I'll just take the rat, you can keep the story."  As he walks down the street carrying his bronze rat, he notices that a few real rats have crawled out of the alleys and sewers and started following him down the street.  This is very disconcerting and he begins walking faster.  But within a couple blocks, the herd of rats behind him has grown to hundreds, and they begin squealing.


Frightened, he begins trotting toward the Bay, looking around to see that the rats now number in the MILLIONS, squealing and biting each other in order to get to the front.  In fact they're coming toward him faster and faster.  Terrified, he runs to the edge of the Bay, and throws the bronze rat as far out into the water as he can.  Amazingly, the millions of rats jump into the Bay after it, and are all drowned, every last one of them!


The man walks back to the curio shop. "Aha," says the owner, "You have come back for the story?" "No," says the man, "I came back to see if you have a bronze Republican."

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Dear Tri,

Thanks for the super story. I feel the same as you. Now can they also cast a bronze Haliburton statue to go along with the Republican version?

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