Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

This is Droll

        The New York Times had a story on Democratic Party woes a few days ago (also here), and it revolves around the dilemma the Democrats have faced since 2002.  They need to be:

  • Different from Bush and the Republicans;
  • Specific about their proposed policies;
  • Acceptable to the lefties who control the primaries;
  • Convincing to the general public.

        Well, they failed in 2002, and in 2004, and for 2006:
        Democrats said they had not yet figured out how to counter the White House’s long assault on their national security credentials.  And they said their opportunities to break through to voters with a coherent message on domestic and foreign policy — should they settle on one — were restricted by the lack of an established, nationally known leader to carry their message this fall.

        Yeah, I can see how not having any policies is a problem for a politician.

        But it's very funny to see some reactions from lefties that I happened across.  "Atrios" is mad because reporter Adam Nagourney didn't fawn on Kerry during the 2004 campaign.  Instead, Nagourney emphasized Kerry's troubles in coming up with a message.  Apparently, he thinks that if Nagourney and the Times had kept saying Kerry would win, it would have been a self-fullfilling prophecy.

        And Matt Stoller apparently thinks the Democrats should just say 'If you don't like the way things are, vote Democratic,' without proposing any alternative policies.

        Digby (whom I may have known in California, but I'm not sure), says the Democrats should lay it on the line.  'This is what I believe, this is what I'd do,' all in very specific terms.  Alas, when someone like Dean does this, he alienates vast numbers of swing voters.  When someone like Lieberman does it, he alienates Democratic activists.  Would you rather lose the primary, or the general election?

        As Tom Lehrer said, if people can't communicate, the least they can do is shut up.  So, guys, stop screaming at reporters, and 'party leaders,' and start telling us what you want the government to do.

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