Time For A Leadership Change In The Democratic Party

At least that is what this says to me:

The worst is that I can’t help but feel like the main emotion people in the caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done. While I always thought we had the better ideas but the weaker messaging, it feels like somewhere along the line Members internalized a belief that we actually have weaker ideas. They’re afraid to actually implement them and face the judgement of the voters. That’s the scariest dynamic and what makes me think this will all come crashing down around us in November.

3 Responses

  1. The Democratic Party needs to grow a pair. I’ve been saying that for months… okay years.

  2. I don’t think that will happen with the current leadership.

  3. This brings to mind what is probably the most troubling aspect of Obama’s book The Audacity Of Hope.
    He spends most of it arguing in favor of “bipartisanship”, and choosing a “centrist” position between the (Senate) Democrats and the Republicans. (However, in the same book Obama argued against the filibuster – interesting, given that the Democrats were in the minority when that bit was written. (It was published in Oct 2006.))

    The Democrats need to wake up, and realize that moving right has been a losing strategy for a long time. Their leader ship is now well to the right of nearly everyone who votes for them. They need to realize that most Americans, good or bad, see “bipartisanship” as a sign of weakness, and not a trait to be admired. They need to learn that the Republicans know they can abuse the Democratic impulse toward bipartisanship by always moving to the right, and never compromising on anything.
    The Republicans repeatedly push policies which are clearly at odds with what most Americans say at the polls. But they know these policies energize their radical base. In sharp contrast, the Democrats, when setting out to reform health care, completely ignored what their base – and most Americans – supported in polls: single-payer. The very people upon whom the party relies on most were betrayed at the very start. And that’s how Democratic “leaders” operate on nearly every issue, and it’s key part of why they often fail to accomplish anything.
    Nobody wants to support the Diet Republican party. Nobody wants to support a party whose only redeeming feature is that they aren’t quite as bad as the Republicans. Especially when, upon being put in to power, the President adopts the Dick Cheney stances on issues such as warrantless wiretapping and state secrets.

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