The legendary Helen Thomas has it exactly right.
If Democrats only had some courage
By HELEN THOMASHEARST NEWSPAPERS
WASHINGTON — It’s about time that the “me too” Democrats, particularly those in Congress who vote with the Republicans so often, stand up and be counted.
Too many Democrats are tiptoeing around the major issues facing our nation, afraid to venture out of the mainstream. This is a big mistake at a time when the nation is begging for true leadership.
Democrats with the courage to be leaders could have a field day pointing out that millions of Americans lack health insurance and that 37 million have fallen below the poverty line. Soon they will no longer be able to claim that theirs is a caring political party because they won’t have evidence that this is true.
Take, for example, the case of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
Instead of endorsing universal health care — a topic that she knows a lot about — Clinton is busy co-sponsoring with Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, a law to bar desecration of the flag. Has anyone burned a flag lately?
Clinton is a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, which might explain why she’s busy pandering to conservatives instead of staking out a leadership role on more important issues.