by Jerome Armstrong, Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 07:38:55 PM EDT
"If the Democrats succeed in redistributing economic power, we're screwed." Bill Kristol.
And Armando has an excellent post up on DailyKos, The Many Democratic Parties, discussing the politics of contrast for Democrats versus the Big Tent Democratic Party, and he nails it, in the last sentence, with what replicates the Republicans successful national message (it's why they have to force a transition upon Cindy Sheehan from a grieving mother to a media whore) of personal attack.
A big reason why I supported Howard Dean against George Bush was because it was exactly that sort of contrasting election in 2004. Instead of the contrast, we went to the electoral war without a nation-wide General in John Kerry, and so we let them beat us by inches in a few battleground states. 2006 and 2008 are Big Tent years for the Democratic Party. We must run every seat in Congress, and all 50 states for President.
The contrast is going to get us a seat at the table, but the Big Tent is what's going to marginalize the Republicans for a generation. As Chris shows, the Independents have abondoned Bush, and within rural America, this Iraq war is doing to Republicans what LBJ did to Democrats by staying in Vietnam. I believe that Perstein is correct, that the time is ripe to demobilize the fundamentalist right as a political machine for Republican elections. And we'll do it by going after ordinary rural Americans:
Guns? You keep 'em. It's not an issue. Babies and Gays? Frankly, Hackett-like, it's un-american if your agenda is taking away the freedom of others. That contrast finishes the issue. Bamn. Now let's talk about the shaft that the Republicans have given to your standard of living.