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Nail, Meet hammer [Apr. 18th, 2005|07:25 am]
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If you read TPM, you know that Josh Marshall has blogged so much about the Social Security issue that it's becoming a running joke in the blogosphere. Finally, today, he hit the Nail On The Head.

If you can't handle reading it, I'll summarize: the way the Democratic Party can reclaim some mindshare, and ultimately perhaps return to being a majority party, is to stop trying to frame their message, address focus grou concerns, yadda yadda yadda, and get back to a more functional approach: For any issue, decide what the best course of action for the country should be, do everything in your power to describe that course of action effectively to the public, and work like dogs to make it happen.

Everyone talks about the complexities of politics and government, but it's not rocket science. The people in the government have the same moral dilemma regular folks face every day: what's the right thing to do? Figuring out what the right thing to do is at any given moment isn't the hard part; what's hard is doing the right thing when you don't want to the right thing.
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[User Picture]From: pipecock
2005-04-18 02:16 pm (UTC)
i have to disagree with you a bit, kent. im not a big fan of the democratic party for numerous reasons, not the least of which is their general uselessness. you can read my comments on the recent strategy proposed by howard dean right here:

http://www.1115.org/index.php?p=1214

what the democrats are missing is mostly on the "hard work" end of the spectrum. unfortunately, people arent actually logical thinkers, theyre easily bamboozled by non-issues like religion, abortion, racism, etc. these people need to be battered with your propaganda to be able to handle anything bigger than a 2 second CNN soundbite. the dems already have most of the major issues in hand, from here its about hammering it into peoples heads on a daily basis as the right has been doing mercilessly for years.

the only reason i care at all is because the democratic party at its essence should be a populist endeavor. once you can get the majority of broke people who vote republican because theyre christian (or whatever) to see the light, moving farther left is the obvious path to follow. right now the dems version of left is pretty pathetic. to be honest, i think howard dean should also start some house cleaning by asking people like joe lieberman to leave the party. for the most part its only the presence of the pseudorepublicans in the party that give it the appearance of not having a united front behind these issues. these guys should never ever be voting with the right.

i do like dean, and i only hope his ideals will be more accepted in the party once he gets everything moving in the proper direction. then maybe i can care about what the dems do.....
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2005-04-19 07:38 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you actually disagree with me, but more you're looking at a different concern. I'm talking about the think globally part of the equation, and you're concerned with the act locally part.

I think the people in congress have thought way too much about gaming the system and not enough about deciding what's right, and effectively explaining it. The state parties are just autonomous enough to wither and die in the really red states -- i.e. it's not in the past been centralized enough that ineffective local parties can be pushed into becoming better.
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