I know that most of the regulars at The Last Chance Democracy Cafe are hardcore Democrats. But in light of the way the Democratic Congress caved on the Iraq funding bill, can you give me one good reason why I should ever support them again?
Furious in Fresno
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Believe it or not, there actually are a lot of good reasons for liberals to continue voting Democratic, even if we sometimes have to hold our noses while we’re doing it. But the one overriding reason, against which all others pale in comparison, is the future of The United States Supreme Court.
And, yes, I know how sick many liberals are of hearing what some call the “Supreme Court scare tactic” — the argument (the very one I’m making now) that we need to keep voting Democratic, despite the party’s shortcomings, because otherwise that awful bogeyman of an ultra-right wing Supreme Court will jump out of the closet at night and get us. As Barbara Ehrenreich wrote in a column for The Nation back in August of 2000, titled Vote for Nader:
Ah, the Supreme Court! Never mind that pro-choice Justice O’Connor was a Reagan appointee or that Clinton’s man Breyer is one of the most economically conservative Justices around–the Supreme Court gets dragged out every four years to squash any attempt to escape the Democratic Party.
But, of course, Ehrenreich was dead wrong in most of her underlying assumptions in 2000, as she herself has since reluctantly admitted. Sadly, the Big Bad Bush Wolf she downplayed the fear of turned out to be pretty damned big and bad after all. And frighteningly, the Big Bad Supreme Court Wolf may very well turn out to be far worse over the long haul.
Bush will disappear in shame into the mists of history soon (I won’t say he’ll disappear “soon enough” because tomorrow morning wouldn’t be soon enough, but he will be gone relatively soon); the extremist Supreme Court he’s leaving behind, on the other hand — a Court that will become even more extreme and long-lasting if the Republicans win the presidency and the Senate next election — may well be with us for another generation if not longer.