Crunch time for the Dems

This isn't just about opposing an extremist judge who believes Bush should have monarchical powers, who opposes women's dominion over their own bodies, and whose decisions regarding race have raised the ire of many advocacy groups.

This is about acting like a party with a message. Like a party that wants to win. Like a party that understands that sometimes doing nothing is doing something terrible.

Bob Geiger, noting that Bush is on a major losing streak, asks:

"So what’s the big risk here?"
"Here it is: That Democrats do nothing. That Alito is confirmed by a vote of 56-44 – Super Weasel Ben Nelson (DINO-NE) has already said he’s voting to confirm – and we all then write about our dismay, complete with quotes from Barbara Boxer and Ted Kennedy saying how awful the Supreme Court now looks. We then lose big in November because our party base is utterly demoralized and our total lack of conviction will have emboldened and strengthened the people on the other side of the aisle."
"[I]f the Democratic leadership truly has the guts to take a run at being the majority party again in November," he writes: "they’ll reject Alito faster than Shaquille O’Neal could smack down a junior-high point guard." (

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