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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

It's a Man's Man's Man's World

This is a pretty good quote from a post from Winds of Change:

"Scheiber describes some of the institutional factors, including Democrats' persistent hard money disadvantage, that lead to reliance on a few, centrally-managed pollsters. But he ignores the key characteristic of the modern Democratic Party that leads most directly to misuse of pollsters: the fact that Democrats are, by and large, a post-ideological party, a party driven more by polls and interest groups than by conviction or principle.

In short, although many Republican ideas are bad, at least they have them. Until the same can be said about Democrats, they will continue to lose -- especially in the current environment, where the existence of big, scary problems makes the electorate more receptive to ideological solutions."

I'm not sure if this is the only thing that Democrats are suffering from (party division, lack of a firm stance on most major issues, uncharismatic politicians who are capable of reaching past the base, etc.), but it's a pretty good start if you ask me. The biggest truth in the above quote is that it alludes to the absolute conviction and principle that Republicans seem to have at the moment. Where the hell did it come from? All of a sudden it's not just the far-right-wingers and the religious nuts that have these strong ideas about foreign and domestic policy, it seems that people who had no opinion or didn't care before have latched on to it as well.

This leads me to wonder: is the case truly that people have become more "conservative" or is it that the left has become so unattractive that it has stranded people with no other option? I tend to think it's the latter, mainly because the things that the Bush administration is getting away with are absolutely criminal, and even true right-wingers (as well as some party loyalists) know it.

I don't know how much more of this I can take from the Democrats. You can only be outraged for so long until you're exhausted, and people just stop listening to you. I hope it gets figured out before they end up too much more worse off.

On the other hand, maybe they're just going to have to learn from Tyler Durden: "It's only until you've lost everything that you're free to achieve anything." I hope it doesn't take that, but they're getting pretty near rock-bottom as it is. (Jesus, Tom Daschle, how sick of you must people have been to boot you out in favor of a newcomer with all the media coverage and free publicity you had?)

Democrats need to re-group, boot out some of the old blood, and re-invent themselves as a more moderate party that isn't afraid to take a firm stance with foreign policy, fund social security for the future (NOT privatization), find a workable and non-ridiculous stance on some of the domestic issues, and revitalize the economy. If this can be sold with energy and style, then we'll definitely be at a starting point. My only guess at this point with how this can be done will come from Mr. Bush: the atrocious things that the neocons are getting away with have got to be frightening some people, and hopefully are being noted for fueling a candidate in 2008 (and hopefully for congress in 2006).