Jewish World Review Nov. 18, 2002 / 13 Kislev, 5763
Will the Dems destroy themselves if they stake out a left-wing position on
Let me take a poke at the conventional-wisdom view that
Democrats will destroy themselves if they stake out a left-wing position on
In fact, it may be just what the doctor ordered.
biggest problem in recent years is that they have run away from their core
argument, which is that government can be the chief engine for social
harmony, prosperity and happiness. When Democrats tried to hide from the
fact that theirs is the pro-government party, voters assumed they weren't
secure in their beliefs or abilities.
The party got whomped on election day
because its candidates were weenies -- afraid to confront the president on
Now, if the party of FDR moves left, it at least can mount a
serious challenge of ideas.
Let's face it, Republicans have a miserable
record when it comes to courting minority voters, women, and the poor.
There's plenty of room for a vigorous opposition.
The moral of the story:
Good for Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore. In politics ideas matter -- so viva la
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