Wednesday, September 05, 2007

John Kerry on Kos

Reading this gives me more hope than I've felt in quite a while.
    ...A lot of you are asking about what we can do about it. That’s the right question. I can't guarantee success, but we're closer than we've ever been. The media swirl around this debate doesn't capture the dynamics I see in Congress. Republicans are much more nervous about this, and there's far less Democratic disunity than the media storyline portrays. I'm talking to my colleagues every day (I just got out of a caucus meeting), and the Bush-advanced fallacy that the escalation is working just isn't a big part of our discussions. I think we hammered that reality home pretty hard yesterday at the Foreign Relations Committee with some important validation from Sen. Lugar.

    Meanwhile, the Republicans are not confident at all. Their party is being driven over the cliff by the President’s stubborn insistence on sticking to this failed policy. And they know it. No one wants to consign themselves to a permanent minority, but that's what's happening. They're not unified at all on this.

    But the main question is: what can we do about it? I'm going to make this case in any way I can. Television, newspapers, you name it. There's no magic bullet to this; we simply need to apply as much pressure as possible in as many ways as possible. I'll be back with some specific actions from time to time because concerted action by many people toward a single goal gets the best results. But do as much as you can all the time. Drop by your representatives’ office and let them know your feelings. Write, call, fax, email, get in contact any way you can. These actions aren't glamorous, but they really do make a difference. And don't lose faith. The other side in this debate is intent on outlasting us, convinced that we'll give up. You and I have to make sure that they are wrong on that.

This also explains why it is that I am so unenthusiastic about the current crop of presidential wannabes. The republicans are, of course, a scurrilous and witless band of know-nothings, but the democrats are not speaking up as loudly and as clearly as they need to, to be heard over the media spin din, and I'm not at all sure they are listening the way Kerry is listening.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

I agree with you, Diane, that Sen. Kerry has that ability to lift your spirits like no other Dem. That was a great diary and I like his comments back, too.