Can the Democrats Win by Just Saying No?

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At an angry Senate hearing this morning, Democrat Ted Kennedy called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation. Declining public support for the Iraq War is just one sign of Republican weakness that's kept Democrats unified. They've also held fast against the Bush budget, privatizing Social Security, and John Bolton's nomination to the United Nations. In contrast to the compromises made during the President's first term, Democratic opposition this year has been so successful that he's called them "obstructionists." Is it enough to just say no to the ideological conservatism of the Bush White House? To win some of next year's mid-term elections, will they need their own agenda? We sample views from across the Democratic spectrum.
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Washington Post article on Rumsfeld's rejection of Iraq-withdrawal timetable

Micklethwait's WSJ article, 'Cheer Up, Conservatives'

Kelo v City of New London, US Supreme Court on



Warren Olney