Thursday, December 15, 2005

Taking On the White House

Most people know that I'm not really a big fan of John McCain's policies, but kudos to him for standing up to the White House. I think Dems should be taking some notes. Namely, standing up for what's right can be a winning strategy even without trying to bend over backwards to compromise.

On that note, I've been cheering on Sen. Feingold's fight in the Senate to limit a handful of intrusive and abusive parts of the Patriot Act. The President and Republicans are extremely vulnerable theee days:
By a 65%-19% margin, Americans age 65 and above disapprove of the performance of Congress; those under 65 are also negative but less lopsidedly, 58%-27%. Moreover, senior citizens say by 47%-37% that they want Democrats rather than Republicans to win control of Capitol Hill. Those under 65 prefer a Democratic victory by a narrower 45%-39% margin.

That disparity, like some other political differences between older and younger Americans, is relatively slight. But it has big implications for the 2006 campaign for two reasons.

One is that older voters, having given Mr. Bush slightly greater support than younger voters in his narrow 2004 re-election victory, have now become the most critical of his job performance. In the Journal/NBC poll, for instance, Americans under 65 disapprove of Mr. Bush's job performance by a margin of 16 percentage points, while those 65 and above disapprove by a margin of 20 percentage points.
It's time for Democrats to start demanding that government work for the people. As Rahm Emmanual said in reference to the House, it is the people's house, not the auction house.

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