Tuesday, January 13, 2004


You remember Sisyphus don't you? he was condemned to an eternity of rolling a large stone up a mountain, only to have it roll back down, up-down-up-down . . . forever.

When I read David Brooks' op-ed piece in the NY Times this morning, I thought of Sisyphus. The Democratic leadership must identify with him. They can't wrangle their members and, at present, they have ceded the stage to the more extreme lefties. It seems this only pleaseS the lefties, as many centrist Dems seem willing to vote for Bush. Which means that Bush need only appeal to these Democrats and he has things locked up in November.

Which also means that the extreme lefties will be even more vile in their righteous indignation over their defeat. As Brooks says in his piece, this group of Democrats "is so disgusted by Republicans that it does not believe it is possible to work with such people."

So, like in 2000, instead of trying to play the game, they will take their balls and bats and go home to pout, just like the spoiled babies they appear to be. Wasn't it Eldrige Cleaver who said, "If you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem"? Even an extreme radical such as Cleaver recognized that basic tenet of our society. If you're not willing to jump in and help, don't show up.


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