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1/12/2004


Democratic Paranoia.

Paranoia has taken new heights in Washington and in the Democratic base more recently than in the past. Some might say that it is representative of a last ditch effort to scare the swing voters on to there side of the fence. But I happen to think it goes much deeper than just scare tactics.

It didn’t necessarily start here with Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass), but he was quoted recently stating a new theory on Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. The whole thing was a fraud."

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State under Bill Clinton, confided in a green room conversation with Mort Kondracke, a fox news analyst, recently.

“Do you suppose, that the Bush Administration has Osama Bin Laden hidden away somewhere and will bring him out before the election?” She asked.

Later Jim McDermott (D-Wash) added his own conspiracy theory that the Bush Administration could have captured Saddam “long ago if they wanted, but held off until Mr. Bush (Try President Jim) could use it as a boost in his approval ratings. There’s just too much happenstance for it be just a coincidental thing.”

Along comes Howard Dean, a democratic presidential candidate, and former Governor of Vermont state “a Theory” on Fox News with Chris Wallace that the president had foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks.

In response to questions about the statements made by Howard Dean and others, Donna Brazil, who ran Al gores 2000 presidential campaign, tried and failed miserably at defusing the ongoing hyperbole by first reiterating what Howard Dean said and then asked for us to wait and see.

“Most Americans have some lingering doubts about what happened on September 11, but until the commission and congress completes it’s investigation, I think it best if people hold these views to themselves. But because we don’t yet have a nominee, it’s all out in the open.”

The irrational theories are not just left to the elite however. In a story titled: Albright’s joke joins growing list of Bush Theories, by James G. Lakely, a journalist for the Washington Times, wrote about a Democratic consultant who’s e-mail box is “filled daily” with conspiracy theories about supposed Bush administration plots.

In fact if you did a quick google.com search on just two words; Bush and Lie, you would find enough fodder to keep Mel Gibson doing Conspiracy Theory sequels till the year 3000.

So is this just nasty politics or something deeper? I believe it goes much deeper. I believe it speaks to their character and who they actually are. Heres what I mean:

I have a cousin who started working for insurance companies by spying on individuals who were suspected of making a false claim towards disability. Not till he got this job did he begin to become paranoid.

How many times have we heard about a husband cheating on a wife, and realizing that since it’s been easy to cover up, maybe she’s been cheating as well? The thought process must follow that if I’m easily doing this to someone, I must be just as vulnerable to the same treatment.

Paranoia is not the biggest problem Democrats have at this point. I believe that their paranoia about Bush makes a louder statement about who they are and how they would conduct matters of state. ‘This is the way I would do it – so Bush must be willing to do the same.’

But maybe I’m just being paranoid.

posted by: Brian Scott


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