You gotta love the two-party system.
Democrats can find nothing good about Republicans. Republicans can find nothing good about Democrats. Neither party finds anything not to love about itself.
On Tuesday, Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman issued a statement critical of Sen. President Jeff Atwater in response to Atwater’s declaration of candidacy for the job of state Chief Financial Officer.
“While Floridians are suffering during these hard times, people across the Sunshine State expected bold leadership to get our state back on track, yet one only has to look at Atwater’s time as Senate President to see why Floridians are going to send him into retirement come 2010.
“As Senate President, Atwater broke his promise when he led the Senate to raising taxes and fees by over $2 billion, including hiking Floridians property taxes by over $300 million. Atwater helped craft a fiscally irresponsible budget that taxed Florida’s hunters and fishers, as well as forced layoffs of teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other first responders. Rather than cutting government waste in the Senate, Atwater cut off opportunities to Florida’s children by cutting funding to our schools,” Thurman said.
Of course, as the minority party in Florida, Democrats have little say in what actually gets passed by the Legislature and signed by the Republican governor. That leaves its leaders free to blame Republicans for everything that’s wrong, or perceived to be wrong, in the state.
On the national level the tables are turned.
Thurman’s attack on Atwater is a reverse precursor of the 2010 races for the U.S. House and Senate. You can count on Republicans to attack sitting Democrats, blaming them for the bad economy, insufficient progress in Iraq and Afghanistan (no matter how much progress may have been made, it will be deemed insufficient) and any other malady the country may be suffering at the moment.
One wonders what would happen if the parties focused on the positive _ ”Here’s our candidate for office and here’s why he/she is the better choice.’
It’s not going to happen, but one wonders, just the same.