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Monday, April 27, 2009 

Democrats' 'Battered Wife Syndrome'

"In recent years, the Washington political dynamic has often resembled an abusive marriage, in which the bullying husband (the Republicans) slaps the wife and kids around, and the battered wife (the Democrats) makes excuses and hides the ugly bruises from outsiders to keep the family together.

So, when the Republicans are in a position of power, they throw their weight around, break the rules, and taunt: “Whaddya gonna do ‘bout it?”

Then, when the Republicans do the political equivalent of passing out on the couch, the Democrats use their time in control, tiptoeing around, tidying up the house and cringing at every angry grunt from the snoring figure on the couch.

This pattern, which now appears to be repeating itself with President Barack Obama’s unwillingness to hold ex-President George W. Bush and his subordinates accountable for a host of crimes including torture, may have had its origins 40 years ago in Campaign 1968 when the Vietnam War was raging."

Robert Parry
Consortium News

I'm reminded of the "Good Cop, Bad Cop" routine when dealing with so-called 'Opposition' parties ( loud snigger ) who owe the same captains of industry for funds to become elected and pay for advertising, campaign expenses, and so on. It does no good to select your card from a stacked deck : politics follows the same principle.

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