Meanwhile, the party needs to distance itself from the loony left, which is turning off even liberals like Tom Frank of The New Republic. Frank reports from an anti-war "counter-inaugural" event:
The hundred or so people there frequently applauded and hollered, and, as expected, phrases like "exposing Bush for what he is--a cold-blooded killer" were particular hits. I didn't even think there was much to report on. After all, who cares what the ideological fringe of the losing side has to say? But the more I heard, the more I became convinced that I had discovered something truly threatening:
This band of socialists was the most effective recruiting tool for the Republican Party I'd ever encountered.
Then there was the pooh-poohing of elections--any elections. Former soldier Stan Goff (supposedly of the Delta Force, Rangers, and Special Forces) spoke at length about the evils of capitalism and declared, "We ain't never resolved nothing through an election." This drew loud, sustained applause. Nothing to get worked up about, I thought; just a leftist speaker spouting lunacy. But today it seemed particularly bad. It wasn't just that I was missing what might be lovely canapés (or perhaps spring rolls being brought about on trays with delectable dipping sauce); rather, it was the thought that the speaker was dismissing something that Afghanis of all ages had recently risked their lives to participate in, something Iraq's insurgents view as so transformative that they are murdering scores of Iraqis to prevent it. No, what I needed to counter this speaker was not a Democrat like me who might argue that elections were, in fact, important. What I needed was a Republican like Arnold who would walk up to him and punch him in the face.
No luck hippie. We're reaping way too many benefits from this schizophrenic democratic party and you don't have the power or influence to turn it around. Your party has been hijacked by the ultra-left wanks and you can't save it. Hahaha. Every time there's a protest like this, everytime one of these people get on tv, it pushes everyday americans more and more to the republicans.