March 9, 2005

Dems ignoring reality at their peril

Gene Lyons says it best. And The Dope strongly agrees.
Many Democrats still don’t grasp what they’re up against in today’s Republican Party. Naïve souls, they prefer to see national politics as a giant PTA meeting, and to comfort themselves with civics text bromides about the virtues of compromise and bipartisanship. Even in the face of the Clinton impeachment and the naked power play that decided the 2000 presidential election, they have trouble comprehending the sheer ruthlessness of the GOP political juggernaut.

Go read.

(He also mentions David Brock's "The Republican Noise Machine". No serious Dem can understand the current political playing field unless they've read this book.)


At 3/09/2005 11:48 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

Thanks for passing this column along from Gene Lyons, DOPE. It's good stuff and underscores what so many of us have been saying for years about our weak communication efforts. The GOP noise machine has done a good job of convincing millions of Americans that the media is just all liberal, even though radio, cable TV and so many newspaper owners are just all conservative. It's very Orwellian -- you just keep telling a lie over and over and over and over.

Democrats had better start funding think tanks and noise machine factories in 2005!

At 3/11/2005 11:09 PM, Anonymous It's Miller Time said...

I think the biggest problem with the Democrats is that they haven't figured out what they're for -- only what they're against. If they think they can win by just being the party that yells "NO" louder than anyone else, they will go down in defeat in 2008 and deserve to. We need a positive, reform agenda that speaks to the values of the American People.

Speaking of that, does anyone know if the Constitution would allow Bill Clinton to run for President again? Since it's not consecutive three terms? Is there a constitutional scholar in the Dope House>?


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