Everyone is up in arms about Bush’s “Democrats are appeasers” implication. Given how the party has repeatedly caved-in to the Bush Junta and the GOP when Republicans controlled Congress, it’s hard not to see appeasement, even from someone with his addled point of view.
Howard Dean has certainly been a major appeaser of the Republican Party, recruiting several “Democrats” who are anti-women’s health care, anti-gun control, and pro-death penalty, because they had a better chance of winning in right-wing districts. Never mind that recruiting right-wing “Democrats” means diluting the party’s position on key issues, or the fact that these “Democrats” will have to keep their constituencies at home happy by crossing party-lines quite a few times to work with Republicans.
Then we have Barack Obama, whose centrism actually puts him to the right of Hillary Clinton. Obama is furthering the work started by Dean of diluting both the number and power of liberals within the party in order to court Republican voters. Do the members of the Latte Liberal set condemn Obama for this? Nope. They condemn the Clintons for being centrist and working too often with Republicans — while ignoring Obama’s continuous efforts to meet right-wingers half-way.
If Obama steals the nomination from Clinton and actually pulls off a win against McCain, I wonder how his followers will feel the first time he gets Congressional Dems to water-down a bill just to get some GOP votes? Or maybe the Obamanation thinks his centrism is just a cover, that he’ll use the Democratic Party’s (by then) stronger Congressional majority to happily disenfranchise the GOP if he gets into the Oval Office?
I wouldn’t hold my breath, if I were them. Obama’s entire career has been one of suckering people into his coalition, then abandoning the promises he made to them in order to curry favor with the next person or group he views as the next rung on his ladder to power. If he gets his centrist architecture in place, he won’t be able to remodel without major structural problems occurring.
Between Dean and Obama, the Democratic Party is appeasing itself to a collapse.