I'm in London this week, being asked by a lot of people I meet, "How can you people keep electing Bush?" To which, of course, I respond, "How could you people keep electing Blair?" In fact, the answer is longer: How could people in the US, Britain, Australia, and Italy keep electing Bush, Blair, Howard, and Berlusconi? One answer is that during a noble and glorious war there's no credible opposition. For whatever reason, these Western democracies have been able to provide no credible opposition.
A story that highlights everything that's wrong about our purported opposition party appears in Tuesday's Washington Post. Here's the essential nugget, about the long-running argument inside the party over its "new" slogan:
That slogan -- "Together, America Can Do Better" -- was revived from the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John F. Kerry. It was the last line of Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's response to President Bush's State of the Union address, and Reid, Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean have used it in speeches. But there is an effort afoot to drop the word "together." It tests well in focus groups and audiences, Democratic sources said, but it makes the syntax incorrect.
That's right. The Democrats borrowed their new slogan from John Kerry, and they're spending the early part of this election year arguing about its syntax. Case closed.