Friday, October 07, 2005

Democrats' Dilemma

Since the left won’t believe me, perhaps they will believe Thomas Edsall. If it’s good enough for the Post, it should be good enough for the left.

Report Warns Democrats Not to Tilt Too Far Left

The liberals' hope that Democrats can win back the presidency by drawing sharp ideological contrasts and energizing the partisan base is a fantasy that could cripple the party's efforts to return to power.

...two intellectuals who have been aligned with former president Bill Clinton warn that the only way back to victory is down the center.

Democrats must "admit that they cannot simply grow themselves out of their electoral dilemmas," wrote William A. Galston and Elaine C. Kamarck, in a report released yesterday.

"Liberals espouse views diverging not only from those of other Democrats, but from Americans as a whole. To the extent that liberals now constitute both the largest bloc within the Democratic coalition and the public face of the party, Democratic candidates for national office will be running uphill."

I’m not sure why it takes a fancy report for the DNC to understand these basic ideas, but maybe it does. I’m not trying to deter the Dems from changing their currently unhinged and irrational ways. I find them quite enjoyable to follow. But to some extent you have to wonder; why can’t they get it? I almost miss Bill Clinton. He never meant what he said, but he was a better politician than today’s Democrats.

How horrible it must feel to have to choose between your convictions and your party.