Given Republican attempts at suppressing the vote, most recently alluded to today by Rep. John Boehner, the Democratic Party will need to clearly define themselves for the 21st Century -- especially to the under-50, ethnically changing electorate. Needing to go well beyond the polished speeches of their convention they should trumpet: who they are and what they are going to fight for?
US Senators like Illinois whip Richard Durbin may be called upon to keep the United States from succumbing to a Mayan calendar-like 2012 disaster. This disaster comes in the form of a potential Republican sweep in November where the fringe party gains control of both the Senate and the White House in addition to their hold on the House.
One need only look to Republican New York Congressional Representative Richard Hanna to foretell the impending disaster,
I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history.
In his interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard he went on to say,
We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides…” he said. “If all people do is go down there and join a team, and the team is invested in winning and you have something that looks very similar to the shirts and the skins, there’s not a lot of value there.
And he finished with what is a fairly obvious admission,
I would say that the friends I have in the Democratic Party I find … much more congenial — a little less anger.
BuzzFeed notes that he is not alone and that there is mounting discomfort in Boehner's caucus with the leverage a fringe minority is having within the GOP.
This is where the senior leadership in the Democrat Senate must show spine and if necessary, fight fire-with-fire.
Similar to Tennessee Sen. Mitch McConnell's now infamous promise and declaration to "make President Obama a one term president," aided and abetted by a do-nothing Congress a body with the lowest ranking of any Congress in history, it will be the responsibility of Durbin, Nevada's Harry Reid and other senior statesmen to take a cue from McConnell's filibustering, do-nothing Senate and in kind use the filibuster and any means necessary derail an agenda that a weak "Mitt" Romney will be spoon-fed by the Congressional and Senatorial fringe, a fringe that in no way represents the perspective of a majority of Americans.
Senate Democrats must bring down a Romney Presidency and make him one term!
Remember, it was in 2008 that Obama won the Presidency in record numbers, numbers that have historically dictated a mandate and should have afforded Obama an entire term of respect and loyal opposition; not inertia.
There is little chance Romney matches or betters the record numbers of Obama making a "Romney mandate" logically false and again requires the Democrats to impede any Republican-Romney agenda.
We know from census and other demographic data that the United States is evolving into a "majority minority" nation with 2011 marking the first time in US history that "minorities" gave birth to more children than did their historically majority counterparts. This alone tells us that policies put forth by an impending minority perspective do not reflect the dreams and aspirations of America's future but rather a dying and mythical past.
To bring down a proven fringe Republican Party and a weak, pandering Romney will become a duty of the Democratic Party at every level if the Party hopes to survive this demographic transition currently underway in America, an America that will look nothing like the fringe Republican Party longs for. In the last few years we have seen the Republican Party turn toward its shrinking fringe base and subsequently move toward future irrelevance . . .
Democrats, the growing and soon-to-be majority will now be looking at you, your leadership, your resolve in turning back this potential anti-American tide . . . or this group will also look elsewhere for options -- and there are and will be options.
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