Monday, November 06, 2006

Or Do They Want to Govern?

With the possibility of a Democratic take-over of Congress it would be helpful to have a wide-ranging informed discussion of what the Democrats might do if they are successful. Instead NPR's Morning Edition turns to Steve Inskeep and David Wessel, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal! Could you get a more narrow range of views? Early in the report Wessel states, "The Democrats are often very clear on what they're against, but they've not been definitive on what they are for." Later in the report Inskeep asks if the Democrats take over, "will they be able to do anything anyway?" To this Wessel asserts, "Do they want to spend the next two years investigating and overseeing the Bush administration or do they want to govern and try to and show that they can get something done." Inskeep asks is it an "either/or" situation, to which Wessel replies, "I think it is an either-or."

Of course he is talking about the big, bad wolf of impeachment. As if supporting and defending the Constitution is not governing. What planet has Wessel been living on? It would have been nice to hear from a few folks who have a clue that without that bothersome "investigating and overseeing" there might not have a republic to govern. Wouldn't it have been great to have on Rep. John Conyers, Kevin Phillips (used to be on NPR long ago), Lewis Lapham, John Nichols, or Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Probably won't be happening anytime soon...

1 comment:

jules said...

Inskeep: Hordes of panicky people seem to be evacuating the Republican party some unknown reason. Without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it's time for our listeners to crack each other's heads open and feast on the goo inside?

Wessel: Mmm, yes I would, Steve.