Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell calls the Democratic Party "Soulless"

And he's right.  Check out what HuffPo's Sam Stein has to say about a recent panel discussion where Rendell sparred with House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA).  Said Rendell:

"I don't think we have a battle for our soul -- I think we have lost our soul," he said [about the Democrats]. "We have been cowed into [sic] stop talking about the things that made us Democrats in the first place; that we believe the government can and should make a difference in people's lives; that we can protect the most vulnerable in our society; that we can, in fact, give opportunities to people who haven't had it. And that government can be an important catalyst -- they can't do it by itself -- but they can be a catalyst for growth."

Boy, howdy.

Asked later, by Stein, about what he meant specifically about the Party being soulless, Rendell said:

"We have been out-spun and we are scared," he said. "And when you are scared, you can do one of two things: you can circle the wagons and hide inside or under the wagon, or you can get out and fight for what you believe in. I think we are starting -- President Obama started when he went to the Republican caucus -- to fight back and for what we believe in. If we do that, I think our losses will be much less [in 2010] than what anybody suspects."

Rendell is absolutely right.  I like Rendell; he's a straight-shooter.  Democrats tend to be wusses, and this is a double-edged sword.  They're wusses because they actually care about debate; they're wusses because they actually have different opinions about how best to move forward; they're wusses because they refuse to march in lock-step.  These are all positive attributes, actually, but they fail in the blood-sport of politics.  Republicans have no such quandaries.  They have their marching orders and they fall in when commanded.

What's the old truism?  Democrats have the heart to lead, but no brains; Republicans have the brains to lead, but no heart.

This duality is our every election.  Unfortunately, FEAR will always side with brains over heart.  LOVE, however, will always side with the heart.

What side are you on?