Friday, June 09, 2006

Dems Warning Dems

Some fairly clear-sighted Democrats are trying to warn the party that they are on the wrong track:

Thomas Friedman (by way of Ann Althouse):

What the polls show is largely the result of President Bush's incompetent performance in Iraq, rather than the emergence of a convincing Democratic national security message or group of candidates respected on defense....What Zarqawi and the recently arrested group of terrorists in Canada remind us of is that, whatever you think about the Iraq war, open societies today are threatened by these utterly ruthless jihadists. Many Americans feel that. If Democrats want to really seize control of the national security issue, they must persuade the country — in its gut — that they have a convincing post-Iraq strategy to rally the world against these Islamo-totalitarians.

James Carville and Stan Greenberg (HT: Real Clear Politics):

If the Democrats and challengers fail to show voters something more, this disillusionment could show itself in fragmentation to smaller parties and more likely, a stay-at-home protest. The current measures of potential Democratic turnout and enthusiasm are not impressive. And while it is likely that a low turnout election will hurt Republicans more than Democrats, a stay-away protest vote could also cut into the margin Democrats might have achieved.

All of this is good advice that I am guessing the dominant party activists will ignore.


Blogger Jeffraham Prestonian said...

Let's hope so, 'cause as you well know, when the choice is between a Republican and a Rebublican, the Republican always wins.

12:12 AM  
Blogger MCO said...

Someone who has the notion that Friedman and Carville offer a Republican choice cannot be in touch with what policies will attract the votes of a majority of the electorate. I would consider that idea to be no less realistic than a conservative suggesting that someone like Bill Frist is just too liberal to win (I would say too bland, but certainly not too liberal).

8:09 AM  

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