Urbin Report

Monday, July 03, 2006

Deja Vu all over again...

Former Rep. J.C. Watts Jr, an Oklahoma Republican, quoted the philosopher Yogi Berra in the Las Vegas Journal-Review on the current situtation in Washington, D.C.

 "Observing the machinations and maneuverings of Democrats on Capitol Hill, I feel like I'm watching a replay of Republican tactics carried out in 1997 and 1998."
  "Harken back to yesteryear when a man named Bill Clinton was on the White House hot seat. Texas Rep. Tom DeLay was allowing no delays in his ascendancy to power in the Republican conference. Because of his deep disdain for Clinton and his eagerness to build a political empire, DeLay mapped out a simple plan: Attack Clinton, run against Clinton, defeat Clinton. We neglected our own accomplishments and agenda and ran against the incumbent president. It was all Clinton, all the time.
  "Unfortunately, the Republicans failed to note one very important fact: Bill Clinton was not on the ballot in 1998.
  "Now, just eight years later -- but a lifetime in political years -- the Democrats, emboldened by snapshots in time called public opinion polls, are running against George W. Bush.
  "They're putting all their eggs in a basket marked 'Iraq.' It matters not a whit to them that the leader of terrorist cells in Iraq has been taken out. They won't take anyone's word on the war -- not the president's, not even those of the late and unlamented terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi. You may not have heard this on your favorite newscast, but Zarqawi's not-so-safe house housed a document he wrote citing the successes of U.S. efforts in Iraq, as opposed to the insurgency's own ineffectiveness and declining morale."

HT to the Washington Times Inside Politics column.