3/26/08

Dem power-grab shames Right To Work state

Washington Post humor columnist Art Buchwald once said he didn't have to even try to be funny during Watergate. He just wrote what President Nixon said and people laughed. It's too bad Buchwald isn't alive to see what's going on with the Democrats these days.

James Carville, pal-in-chief to the Clintons, took a few moments during Holy Week to compare New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to Judas after Richardson endorsed Barack Obama. The "act of betrayal" pushed Carville over the edge, and he started jabbering about "30 pieces of silver."

Bill Clinton was talking up Hillary's candidacy in North Carolina the other day and said: "I think it would be a great thing if we had an election between two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interests of the country and people could actually ask themselves who is right on the issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

The two people he was talking about - the ones who love the country - are John McCain and Hillary Clinton. Apparently not Obama.

Talk about being pushed over the edge. Gordon Fischer, a Des Moines lawyer, former head of the Iowa Democratic Party and an Obama supporter, wrote in his blog:

"B. Clinton questions Obama's patriotism. In repsonse (sic), an Obama aide compared B. Clinton to Joe McCarthy. This is patently unfair. To McCarthy.

"When Joe McCarthy questioned others' patriotism, McCarthy (1) actually believed, at least aparently (sic), the questions were genuine, and (2) he did so in order to build up, not tear down, his own party, the GOP. Bill Clinton cannot possibly seriously believe Obama is not a patriot, and cannot possibly be said to be helping - instead he is hurting - his own party. B. Clinton should never be forgiven. Period. This is a stain on his legacy, much worse, much deeper, than the one on Monica's blue dress."

All hell broke loose when this showed up on ABC political reporter Jake Tapper's blog Monday. Obama press flack Tommy Vietor said Fischer's comments were terrible, simply unacceptable. It was a written statement, so there was no way to know if Vietor was smiling when he expressed his disgust.

Anyway, Fischer backed off big time, taking down the original posting, then writing: "On my individual blog, I made a stupid comment. I sincerely apologize for a tasteless and gratituous (sic) comment I made here about President Clinton. It was unnecessary and wrong. I have since deleted the comment, and again apologize for making it. It will not happen again. I hope my readers will accept my apology and we can move on to the very important issues facing our state and country. Thank you."

Apparently it wasn't enough. Four hours later, Fischer wrote, "To be absolutely clear, my apology ... extends [mostly and especially] to all of the Clintons' supporters, staff, and to the Clintons themselves. Again, I am very sorry - especially to them - for stupid, tasteless, and insensitive remarks. I hope they will consider accepting my apology, and perhaps even forgiving my transgression."

Fischer shouldn't beat himself up too much. After all, Carville is sticking with his "Judas" remark.

This thing is ugly, and a lot of Democrats are going to stay permanently ticked at one another.

I had a talk with a friend last week who is a big Obama supporter. Same with his wife. I asked what they would do in November if Hillary ends up with the Democratic nomination.

"Vote for McCain," he said. "No way would we vote for Hillary. Either one of us. Not after what the Clintons have done. The only way they could get it is if they stole it. So it'd be McCain. Or we'd stay home."

I told a Republican friend about this, a guy who does a little dance every day watching the Democrats trying to destroy themselves. He said he talked to a Hillary supporter in his rural Iowa community and got pretty much the same thing in reverse.

"She's basically said it's Hillary or nothing," he told me.

Finally, we have the Democrats who control both houses of the Legislature in a snippy little fight with the Democrat in the governor's office. Gov. Chet Culver begged his party's senators to actually give Iowans some time to consider the sweeping legislation - already ramrodded through the House - that would strip local governments and school boards of some of their powers.

Opponents say the bill would raise everybody's taxes and is a power grab by labor unions that write fat checks to Democrats. That makes Culver and local elected officials very nervous. Senate Democrats passed the bill anyway Monday, basically telling Culver and most of the rest of us to get lost.

Culver said Tuesday that he might just veto the bill. Hours earlier, Senate President Jack Kibbie, an Emmetsburg Democrat, said the governor wouldn't dare.

Why?

"Because of his future," Kibbie said. "He's running on the Democratic ticket, I presume."

This would be a great time for the governor to get mad and give Iowa Senate Democrats an old-fashioned, John Culver-style, red-faced, table-pounding butt-chewing.

He'd make his old man proud. And the rest of us too.

(desmoinesregister.com)

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