Thursday, December 24, 2009
The adults in the Democrat party see the writing on the wall
All that is required for the Democratic Party to recover its political footing is to acknowledge that the agenda of the party's most liberal supporters has not won the support of a majority of Americans -- and, based on that recognition, to steer a more moderate course on the key issues of the day, from health care to the economy to the environment to Afghanistan.
For liberals to accept that inescapable reality is not to concede permanent defeat. Rather, let them take it as a sign that they must continue the hard work of slowly and steadily persuading their fellow citizens to embrace their perspective. In the meantime, liberals -- and, indeed, all of us -- should have the humility to recognize that there is no monopoly on good ideas, as well as the long-term perspective to know that intraparty warfare will only relegate the Democrats to minority status, which would be disastrous for the very constituents they seek to represent.
I don't know about the ability of the liberals to persuade the American people that Eurosocialism is the best path in the long term is any better in the short term so slowing down on their agenda and tipping their hats to fiscal restraint is about the only way they can prevent a wipe out in 2010. There are two problems with this analysis. 1) Given the level of anger at the Democrats agenda can anything really be done in the next year that would soothe the independents that have abandoned hopenchangeTM? 2) Will a move to the middle, which is just a rhetorical feint, disappoint enough of Obama's base to offset winning back some independents? I mean, the leftists would have to be pretty adult about even faux moves to the middle and they don't seem to be that interested in bowing to reality. (Yeah, good idea turning on your smartest strategist and the only person who could pull off the necessary re-branding of Obamaism before 2010.)
So take this article by Daley as a good sign, they know they have a big problem and drastic action will be needed. What we conservatives can do is to needle our liberal friends about Obama's shift to the middle. Unlike George Bush and Bill Clinton, Obama isn't likely to really shift to the center but they don't need to know that.