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Daily Kos: State of the Nation:
Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) (from Roll Call)
"'Democrats fell short in '02 and '04 because we didn't make a compelling case of how Republican policies have allowed American families to lose ground,' he said. 'We have to make that case.'"
Nope. You lose because an army of paid shills sit around all day blaming everything on the Democrats. Our radio and TV friends tell us how Democrats will creep into our homes at night, turn ours wife/girlfriends into man-hating feminists, steal our guns, give our jobs to a dirty immigrants and stick us with a tax bill that will leave us penniless.
"They will emasculate you!"
Its an emotional argument; not one that can be easily countered with facts. Because let's face it, only the most brainwashed amongst us actually believe that George Bush is better suited to run this country than either Gore or Kerry. It was never an issue of competency. Bush had little to no credentials for running for President. And even aside from that, he never showed the capacity to figure it out on the job. He still hasn't done the legwork when it comes to talking about issues of the most pressing concern to Americans. Its all still talking points and scripted remarks.
The Democrats have but a few chances to win this next election.
The first depends on a complete and utter meltdown of the Not Democrat Party. This, it seems is the Democrat's best opportunity, as the Not Democrats play out their hand, showing us just how corrupt and wrongheaded they are on most issues of importance. We've elected a niwit and his band of corrupt businessmen to run our country, and the only thing keeping them in office is the illusion that the alternative would be much worse. They are working hard to prove to us that any alternative would be preferable.
The second relies on the Democrats borrowing a page from the Not Democrat's playbook and running a campaign in 2008 that focuses heavily on character assassination and myth-building. Each party will focus their energies on making their candidate seem like the tough "You Can Trust Me!" man to beat. The Democrats will still gets their asses handed to them, because the Not Democrats simply have more shills on the payroll. Their only hope lies in a candidate that has enough personal charisma to deflect the inevitable "pointing and laughing" that will come his/her way.
Right now I can't see how focusing on the issues will be a winning strategy for the Democrats. Its like always playing "paper" in a game of Rock Paper Scissors. The Not Democrats know how to beat that hand. They get their shills to attack the candidate's electibility and trustworthiness. No matter who the Democrats run, and no matter what issues they decide to bring forward, the Not Democrats will run the same strategy.
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