Thursday, July 19, 2007

New York Times Editorial Board Slams McConnell's "Political Showmanship"

The New York Times compared Mitch McConnell to Tom Daschle this morning, sparking mroe conversation that his scenario is growing increasingly similar to the former Senate minority leader who lost his reelection bid in 2004. Only the Democrats were not smart enough then to replace him and nominate someone who can win. In 2008, Kentucky's conservative voters will have a choice: nominate a sure loser in the Louisville liberal Mitch McConnell or elect a true conservative in Larry Forgy. The editorial board writes:

The minority leader, Mitch McConnell, notes the Democrats engaged in similar guerrilla tactics when they were in the minority. But Mr. McConnell should keep in mind that voters can tell the difference between principled resistance and political showmanship. The Democrats’ former minority leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, lost his seat three years ago when he was roundly attacked by the opposition for running a partisan, obstructionist minority.

The Iraq war stands apart as a watershed issue — a downward spiral that the public increasingly sees as a colossal waste of the nation’s blood and treasure.