1/02/2005

What Democrats Need To Do

From the "Daily Kos" blog, January 2:
The problem wasn't our message on values - the problem was our failure to properly label the GOP as extremists.  What happened was the GOP drove a high turnout of their values voters without paying any price whatsoever with socially moderate voters (because of the terrorism/security issues). The differences were blurred by us, instead of highlighted. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, said that Democrats, despite their best efforts, had been outgunned on voter turnout by Republicans and that they didn't push back hard enough against what she described as false attacks. "I don't subscribe to any of these notions that we have to examine our conscience as to who we are," Ms. Pelosi said. "We know who we are. We know what we stand for. We'll make it clearer in the non-presidential election year what the differences are between the Democrats and the Republicans."

2 Comments:

Blogger Story Keeper said...

I like Pelosi, and I agree that Progressives (AKA Dems) do not need to examine their priorities. However, I worry that this notion that we have to "push back" harder is an example of how we are distracted and of how the Cons continue to set the agenda and keep Us (yes I am one, too) in a reactive posture.

5:30 AM  
Blogger Boston Dreamer said...

I do believe that the Social Security reform issue is going to be huge. Democrats and resonable Republicans need to step up and say This Far and No Farther. Unity is key, I think. Kevin Drum at Washington Monthly and Josh Marshall at Talkingpointsmemo.com have discussed this in detail. Make it or break it time, folks.

12:38 PM  

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