2006/09/22

NY Times on Geneva Conventions

The Democrats have largely stood silent and allowed the trio of Republicans to do the lifting. It's time for them to either try to fix this bill or delay it until after the election. The American people expect their leaders to clean up this mess without endangering U.S. troops, eviscerating American standards of justice, or further harming the nation's severely damaged reputation.

DailyKos is right. If we were to rate the Geneva Conventions as they are at a 10 and Bush's attempt to gut them as a 2, then the changes sought by McCain et al, would count as a 2.2. Somewhere between slight and nonexistant. It's long past time for Democrats to make themselves heard, loudly and clearly, on this issue!! Will they? Well, this piece, suggesting that the Democrats intend to repeat the twice-failed (2002 & 2004) strategy of running on the economy, means they probably won't.
Too bad, because the campaign in the Second Congressional District of Ohio is looking very good for Democrats. In 2005, it was Paul Hackett (D) vs Jean Schmidt (R). The district was 63% pro-Bush. Now it's Jean Schmidt (R) vs Victoria Wulsin (D) and the race is now in a statistical dead heat. Why is OH-2 competitive? "...because the netroots threw so much into it in 2005." Not because any high-priced lobbyists in expensive loafers came up with any clever strategies, not because any official committes threw gobs of money into the race or because some people in Washington DC came up with oh-so-cute-and-clever slogans, but because people got down, threw their shoulders into it and pushed!

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