Is there space in the Democratic party for conservatives?
by kosnomore, Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:39:57 AM EST
I'm a conservative Democrat, a former elected official and a current elected county party official.
I could not get behind Obama, so I followed the advice of Old Thom Paine ("Lead, follow, or get out of the way.") From convention to election, there was no lurking, no trouble making, no trolling and no sock puppetry from me.
Now that the election is over, I'm back and still a Democrat. But, I still haven't bought "the dream". I didn't fear the apocalypse, but I don't anticipate the rapture.
Instead, I see a normal political cycle. Because of the utter stupidity and incompetence of a conservative administration that in 2000 was given control of all three branches of the federal government, we now have a more liberal government given control of two branches of the federal government.
As a result, we have a Democratic president, but with little or no coattails (House up 20+? Failed propositions in CA and FL? No incumbent Republican governors lost?). Not to be a wet blanket, but the economic collapse made this a can't lose year for any Democrat (the election was over when everyone received their third quarter 401K statements in late October).
In my view, taxes and spending will both increase, to be followed by immediate relief for the lower end of the economic ladder, and then inevitably followed by medium term discomfort for all ends of the spectrum unless the budget is balanced. Eventually, whether in 4 or 8 or 12 years, the cycle will reverse as corruption or arrogance sets. Apply, lather, repeat.
That's where I'm coming from. I'm here to contribute to the discussion as a Democrat of decidedly conservative leanings. Is there space in the Democratic party (and on this site) for conservatives Democrats (who post on Democratic and conservative sites)?
CROSS POSTED AT FAR RIGHT DEMOCRAT
and anywhere else they'll let me