WASHINGTON — After toppling the long-dominant Republicans in a hard-fought election, the Democratic Party's incoming congressional leaders have immediately found themselves in another difficult struggle — with their own supporters.The one thing the Dems weren't counting on was the one thing that the GOP had to work with when they gained control before, the fact that the outer reaches claim the victory, and demand reparations.
Some of the very activists who helped propel the Democrats to a majority in the House and Senate last week are claiming credit for the victories and demanding what they consider their due: a set of ambitious — and politically provocative — actions on gun control, abortion, national security and other issues that party leaders fear could alienate moderate voters and leave Democrats vulnerable to GOP attacks as big spenders or soft on terrorism.
The thought of Democrats bending over backwards to appeal to the far left fringe is a good thing in my view since many of the Left's ideals are not shared by moderates who will come back to the GOP after the coming 2 years. However, the Democrats may actually legeslate to the fringe of the Left in that time. With announcing San Fransisco's Nanci Pelosi as the candidate for Speaker of the House, Pelosi nominating Jack Murtha as the House Majority Leader, Charlie Rangel as the head of the Ways and Means committe, and Harry Reid as the head of the Ethics committee, the outlook is pretty gloomy for Conservatives in the next 2 years.
We shall have to sit back and see what happens.