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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Where are the Democrats?

What about those craven Democrats? While over 100,000 people protested the war last weekend outside the White House, there was nary a Democratic leader to be found or seen. According to some news reports, many had left town the day before.

Of course, we all know that John Kerry ran on a platform of keeping the troops in Iraq, and Hilary Clinton has come out in support of the war--so it should not be surprising that many Demos decided that it was best to shy away from any overt testament to their real or true beliefs. Instead, they'll wait in the shadows until the dust falls and then weasel out into the open and declare themselves for whatever side wins.

No doubt if the troops do pull out, the Dems will say they were responsible fot it.
Taking on Pelosi

THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT , buoyed by Cindy Sheehan and polls showing a majority of Americans question or outright oppose the occupation of Iraq, jumped back into the news this weekend with a series of major rallies that drew hundreds of thousands of people. In San Francisco some 50,000 marched from Dolores Park to Jefferson Square in a loud and festive event.

But the local leadership of the Democratic Party – starting with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein – were visibly absent, missing in action and ducking an opportunity not only to attack the Bush administration but to put the party on the side of what is now the mainstream of public opinion.

In fact, the only elected Democrat who spoke was Assembly member Mark Leno. And the only San Francisco elected official on the stage was Sup. Ross Mirkarimi. "I was astonished," Mirkarimi told us later. "Where were all the electeds?" . . . . . . . .

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