Last thoughts on Dick Durbin
All right, this is the last thing I'll say about it, I swear. I'm still reading posts by infuriated and disheartened Democrats who ludicrously insist that this is precisely why their party always loses -- because Democrats always apologize, and Republicans never do.
A question for these people: Remember Trent Lott? He apologized until he was blue in the face. He even went on BET for an embarrassing bow and scrape session, and he still lost his leadership position.
What's the real difference here? What is the real lesson to be divined? In the case of Trent Lott, it was conservative bloggers and pundits who were clamoring for his head, and that's what made the difference. You want to learn how to be a more effective party? The lesson here is not "Don't apologize!" It's "Purge your party of its extremism."
Clinton understood this, but the lesson was promptly forgotten by your party as soon as he left office. Until you guys rediscover it, America will continue under one-party rule, and believe me, I am only marginally happier about that than you are.