While the Republican party is plagued with members, particularly in the United States Senate, who, in order to get some face time on NBC Nightly News, are willing to throw their party leadership to the dogs (read John McCain), the Democrats are always covering one another's backside - so to speak.
Take Howard Dean.
In circumstances involving Republicans saying or doing something stupid or wrong, they resign (Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston), accept a demotion (Trent Lott), or are driven into obscurity (Pete Wilson). More importantly, their party colleagues can be counted on to turn on them and express their outrage in finding out, their utter contempt for, their revulsion in having to witness ... whatever. The particulars are unimportant. Julius Caesar, Cassius, and Brutus had to have been the first Republicans in history.
But the Democrats never assassinate their own. Even when they find their party to be led by a complete whack job who doesn't comprehend the art of discretion or when to shut his yap, they provide strong public support for him.
Durbin Blames "Right Wing"This is called Staying on the Offensive. But it is also good politics.
By James G. Lakely, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate yesterday blamed "the right wing" and elements of the press "in service to it" for repeating Howard Dean's remarks about Republicans and inflating them out of proportion.
"I think we all understand what's happening with you all," said Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, in remarks echoing Hillary Rodham Clinton's blaming a "vast right-wing conspiracy" for her husband's legal-ethical woes.
"The right wing has got the agenda moving. Fox [News Channel] and everybody's got the agenda. It's all about Howard Dean. You've bought into it," Mr. Durbin said.
"You can't let up on it. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves." (link)
Behind closed doors, the Democrats are trying to figure out how to ease Howard Dean into permanent exile but in public they are showing unwavering support.
The Republican party should take notes. And drive John McCain into exile before he does any more damage.