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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
I saw the commentary too. I thought it lasted a little too long and I wondered "who has been holding democrats back?" What made him feel that now they're unleashed? Furthermore, where's Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi? They ain't bustin' a grape...

I suspect Clinton's remarks are translating into a significant bump in the Dems' fundraising efforts, which in turn will fuel their campaigns. His remarks will "fire up the (partisan) base." Add to that the fact that the party out of power (the White House) typically gains seats in an off-year election, and you sense some Dem "momentum."

Rather than George Bush, per se, Dems have not figured out collectively what they stand for, or accurately gauged the tempermaent of the US electorate. They haven't figured out how to effectively marginalize the president for the prosecution of a war he created, and is losing, and not be painted as cutting-and-running on the troops.

In a purely pragmatic sense, Repubs have been better at framing the national debate than the Dems since Reagan's era (perhaps save for the Clinton years.) Ask 10 non-partisan people what they think of the term "liberal." At least 6 of them will frown up becuase their opinion of what a liberal is is generally taken from what Republicans say liberals are. That ain't Repub's fault; that's on the Dems.

But politics is cyclical. November's midterms may hold the possibility of a minor shift in the broad moderate mindset of the American voter.

Don't know about Pelosi, but I read that Dean got the DNC leadership post only after expressly promising not to run for the nomination in '08.
Update: Olbermann death threat powered letter made fun of by Murdoch's NY Post
By: John Amato on Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 at 11:05 AM - PDT
What would the conservative media be saying if Limbaugh was sent a letter like this? The NY Post: "POWDER PUFF SPOOKS KEITH"

Keith Olbermann flipped out when he opened his home mail yesterday. The acerbic host of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" was terrified when he opened a suspicious-looking letter with a California postmark and a batch of white powder poured out. A note inside warned Olbermann, who's a frequent critic of President Bush's policies, that it was payback for some of his on-air shtick. The caustic commentator panicked and frantically called 911 at about 12:30 a.m., sources told The Post's Philip Messing. An NYPD HazMat unit rushed to Olbermann's pad on Central Park South, but preliminary tests indicated the substance was harmless soap powder. However, that wasn't enough to satisfy Olbermann, who insisted on a checkup. He asked to be taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where doctors looked him over and sent him home. Whether they gave him a lollipop on the way out isn't known. Olbermann had no comment.

You can be sure that it would be front page news for The Post with pictures of Limbaugh going to the hospital–including interviews with the police and anyone one else they could find to make a statement. Then there would be a tidal wave on FOX News–you know the drill.

This is a new low for the right wing media of this country. Since Keith didn't go public with the story, obviously he was doing what the police wanted and made sure not to cause a scene. He took the correct measures to ensure his safety as anyone of us would. It's an outrage that in these times, a public figure would get a threatening letter and take it seriously, and then the right wing media would make a joke of it.

Paula Froelich only serves to encourage the wackos on so that they'll continue this behavior. What a total disgrace.

Here's a public email if you want to send Paula your thoughts (please show more class than Paula)

I wonder if Keith will be speaking out about this tonight?

(update) David Neiwert "Just in case the folks at the Post have forgotten, what they're describing here "” sending threatening letters through the mail "” is a federal crime. Not only that, but fake-anthrax letters are widely recognized to be a form of terrorism, since they clearly "piggyback" off of the still-unsolved anthrax attacks of 2001Olbermann and the terrorists" on" Oliver has more...

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