Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Turn your red state blue

The Democratic Leadership Council and beltway pundits incorrectly subscribe to the depressing notion that the electorate has become more conservative and can't be converted to a progressive philosophy.

Joe Conason argues, to the contrary, that "Whether they now describe themselves as liberal or not, most Americans remain strongly progressive in their views about taxation, health care, education spending, Social Security, environmental protection and corporate regulation."

Endorsing Conason's thesis, Christopher Hayes asks, "What profit a party if it gain a majority and lose its soul?" The Democratic Party can't only want to win elections. It needs to build a constituency that it can use for cover to implement a progressive agenda. It needs to recruit activist missionaries who meet the challenge of converting souls by pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, and affirming people's core beliefs. "If a political party's job is to win elections by doing what is politically expedient, the activist's job is to make doing the right thing politically expedient," Hayes writes.

Hat tip to Atrios for finding the Hayes story.


At 3/23/2005 12:18:00 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Frustrating, isn't it? The Democratic Party seems overrun by idiots--and I don't mean Dean. I fail to see how most progressive policies wouldn't win elections if presented in the right way. The Democrats have four major problems: 1) Rove, 2) an undisciplined messaging system, 3) a total lack of imagination, 4) no balls. Fuck 'em. Looks like we'll have to do their job for them.

At 3/23/2005 02:30:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Does the word "lead" mean anything anymore?

I know politics in Louisiana sucks, but why can't Democrats (picking on Mary Landrieu) get a little bit of courage, stand up and make an argument. John Breaux had his head so deep up corporate ass he had shit on his shoes. But I think Mary knows better.

Kerry was the same way.

If Democratic office holders can't state a case clearly and decisively, and then stand their ground, I say, get out of the way!


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