June 22nd, 2009
10:13 AM ET

Why Democrats give GOP hope

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John Feehery
Special to CNN

John Feehery says Democrats are internally divided to a greater degree than Republicans.

Much has been said and written about the decline and fall of the Republican Party. That is unsurprising, given the last two elections, when Republicans got their heads handed to them.
In the aftermath of President Obama's coronation earlier this year, political analysts were writing confidently about the imminent disappearance of the Republican Party.

The party was too Southern, too conservative, too narrow-minded and too extreme to compete nationally. And I admit, I wrote some of that analysis myself.

But if the Republican Party is too cohesive for its own good, a case can be made that the Democratic Party is not cohesive enough. We are already seeing signs of the vaunted Democratic coalition falling apart over difficult issues such as health care and climate change/energy tax policies. The party is also not nearly as unified on social issues such as gay marriage, for example, as their leaders would like it to be.

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  1. Joe G. (Illinois)

    Politics when defined is really nothing more than a philosophy of life. To declare oneself has belonging to one certain particular political party is to honor oneself amongst others who are living up to the same or different values. That being said.. We all know that a evil man in hell whether as the majority or minority makes no difference.. But a God Fearing man whether as a minority or majority wherever he may or may not be makes all the difference in the world. "Quality not quantity"

    June 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  2. jason

    just give him some time for gosh sakes, the man hasnt even been in that long, give hime a yr or so and then we can make our cases...

    June 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  3. Pat R

    "Their coalition is unstable, their philosophy incoherent, their unity nonexistent." – really............

    Well, the one thing the Democrats are unified in – they tend to think for themselves and not let any commentator tell them what they do, or should, think. That's why we squabble – and, for the most part, squabble proudly!

    Democrats tend to think every woman deserves to survive breast cancer – even poor women with no health care – AND they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. They tend to think we shouldn't force any one religion on any other religion – but that love is what Jesus was teaching, not one-up-man-ship. (Before you blast, I am a practicing Christian). Democrats also tend to believe that regulation helps keep honest people honest and catches the dishonest ones. They also tend to believe that nobody should sleep under a bridge and everyone -rich or poor- deserves to be treated with dignity.

    Democrats seem to understand, for all their bickering and in-family arguments, that we, the United States, as a society will be judged by how we treat those who are least able to take care of themselves.

    Democrats understand the difference between wondering "where your next meal is coming from" and "what should we have for dinner tonight" – this difference is so profound that it is often referred to as "philosophically incoherent".

    Pat R – Michigan

    June 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  4. Michael C. McHugh

    I haven't been happy with either major party for years, but in almost every respect the Republicans are much worse. They have no real ideas except to return to the free market capitalism of the 1980s and 1990s–or for that matter the 1920s or the 1890s–which always ends up in a crash and depression. They were the party that gave us a Second Gilded Age over the last 30 years, with many Democrats meekly tagging along, and it too ended in a depression. Many of us were predicting exactly that for years, and yet the Republicans still want more of the same.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  5. Ron

    I'm just sick and tired of both parties. It boggles my mind that anyone can stand to listen to the people running this country. The things that come out of there mouths just make you wonder how they were elected in the first place. I don't want to hear that they all stated out with good intentions. They all spend more time trying to keep there jobs then doing there jobs, more time blaming each other than working together and getting anything done. Obama has been in office a very short time. What can one person do when they forced to deal with political machine from both sides who aren't really interested in anything but themselves?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  6. john o'leary


    June 22, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  7. RLWellman

    Perhaps everyone is finally waking up and realizing that President Obama can't do or won't do what he promised while on the campaign trail. The media is constantly bloating his approval ratings. They must think the majority of us Americans are easily fooled. However, their popularity is also waning to the point of bankruptcy. Maybe the President can throw some stimulis money their way too.
    The majority of the country is not pro-abortion, pro-gay, or non-Christian. They have been sitting back while the minority splinter groups are having their way. This won't last for long, because the majority will get off their butts and vote the next time and the Left will have to go back in hinding again.
    It is kind of funny that you would mention "Conservative" and "Democrat" in the same sentence. It seems that some of the Democrats are being disalusioned too. Maybe they are realizing that they might not get elected again if they keep up with this reckless spending that is going on. Maybe they are realizing they don't really want to live in a country like Russia or China. You think?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  8. Enough

    Our hopes are that the voters will wake up and realize it was a HUGE mistake to hand the check book over to the Democrats, they are bankrupting this country without a second thought. Better to be the party of NO, than the party of Yes, Yes, Yes, where the money is spent before the brain is ever activated.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:30 am |