Democrats in Disarray, Prof. Ken Bode Writes in Weekly Op-Ed
November 12, 2004
November 12, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "It has always been difficult for Democrats to speak with one voice. Now they are assured to speak as a chorus," writes Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism, in today's Indianapolis Star. In his weekly op-ed, Dr. Bode notes, "From the House there will be Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a strong liberal. As head of the Democratic Leadership Council, Evan Bayh holds the mantle of moderate opposition, the get-along-by-going-along crowd. If he wins the party's national chairmanship in January, Howard Dean will again claim to lead the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party."
Meanwhile, John Kerry, who Bode says, "never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity," is the odd man out. "As the defeated presidential nominee, Kerry has the right to be considered the party's titular head. With minority leader Tom Daschle gone, he also had a window of opportunity to claim his party's leadership in the Senate as minority leader. Instead, he watched as Minority Whip Harry Reid, Daschle's flunky, gathered the votes to win the job."
Later, Bode states, "The saddest part of this situation is that Democrats in the Senate have ceded the vitally important post of minority leader to an undistinguished cipher like Harry Reid... As Congressional Quarterly puts it, Reid has made a record of working with Republicans, reaching across the aisle to shake hands. This is a promotion earned by doing hundreds of small favors for fellow senators. That is not what the Democrats need right now. They need backbone and determination to carry forward the debate begun in this campaign. Reid does not have the charisma, the gravitas, the respect to marshal the opposition to an ambitious Bush agenda."Back