David Sirota
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"David J. Sirota" is an American liberal political commentator and radio host based in Denver. He is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, Democratic political spokesperson, and blogger.

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Primary candidates spend months publicly beating one another up and spending money that should otherwise be hoarded for use against the other party. Meanwhile, incumbents rise above it all stressing their credentials as statesmen.

To an objective non-American looking at the situation … is there really much of a difference between a terrorist leader going on television and issuing a fatwa against American political leaders, and Pat Robertson going on television and essentially issuing a fatwa against democratically-elected leaders in other countries?

[How long will it take for them to get back with their own program?] Until the Democratic Party realizes that it must back up its political tactics with conviction and strong stands, ... the party will have a very difficult time constructing a durable majority.

The fact is, the perception that it is a 'fait accompli' was put out there by Democrats from the start, which has served to dampen grassroots energy out there.

We're going forward. This isn't all we wanted but we're not going to hold up the whole process.

A candidate who votes for Roberts, opens themselves up to attack on the grounds that they are not a qualified standard bearer for the party, ... Hillary Clinton or any candidate can't take the Democratic Party for granted. If Roberts hands down some extreme rulings, a vote for Roberts becomes a symbol of the negative consequences of Democratic capitulation.

I think what will happen is if things continue to go as they are in Iraq, more Democrats will basically move to Feingold's position. . . . At that point he has already in a very high-profile way said to voters in all of America and primary voters, 'I am a leader. I am a guy who took this position,'.

The calculus by Democrats is that they don't want to offend anyone. But in trying not to offend anyone, they lose support from everyone. What many Democrats haven't yet learned from Republicans is that it is better to be loved by some, and hated by others, than try to be liked by everyone. Because when you do that, you are liked by no one.