Let's start with the easy stuff: money. Everyone said Howard Dean would have trouble raising money as the party chair and everyone was right. The Democratic National Committee enters 2006 with $7.3 million in the bank, the RNC with $31.9 million (figures from the Center for Responsive Politics). That's a problem.He's right - money, or the lack thereof, is an easy problem to understand. But then, the big one:
The 2006 GOP/Rove platform can easily be put on an index card, if not a Post-it note.Meyer asks how can this be answered. The answers that the Dems have given so far are not encouraging to Meyer:
It reads something like this: we are at war against foreign terrorists who want to kill you and your society and we'll do what it takes to stop it and the Democrats won't; we will cut your taxes and give you money and Democrats won't. Every Republican candidate in the country can spit that one out.
Please draft a two sentence response that will work in a TV ad; my guess is it will sound as convoluted as John Kerry explaining why his vote for war was a vote against war.It sounds like Meyer is suggesting that old but tried and true AA therapy: Step no. 1; Get out of denial; Admit you have a problem. My guess is that Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and the Hildabeast are not into introspection this year, next year or any year.
Democrats thought the domestic surveillance revelations were a boon; if that were the case, why would the administration be devoting this week to a public campaign to trumpet the issue? Simple: because they think they have the gut punch: we'll protect you, they won't.
Top that with some Jack Abramoff shtick, I dare you. Give me a 'heck of a job, Brownie' gag line that will trump that. Go ahead, make my day and rehash the WMD-lies arguments of Campaign 2004.
The Republican soundbite hasn't changed since September, 2001; the Democrats have a new mantra with every news cycle. The Republicans have more dollars than the Democrats. Those are facts. My advice to Democrats is simple: face the facts.
And my guess is that Kos and the rest of the rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth, Fight! Destroy! Impeach! Imprison! Kill! WIN!! crowd isn't either.
Let's see what some others are saying in response to Mr. Meyers assertions and/or with assertions that mirror his:
Maxed Out Mama - who isn't into TRACKBACKS (hint, hint) says the column is astonishingly blunt and down-to-earth
and Democratic leaders look hysterical.
AJ Strata says the Democratic Party is going bankrupt.
The Brainster says the Democrats are having a tough time coming up with a platform that's easy to explain and fits on a bumper sticker. Then Brainster kindly offers a suggestion.
The Anchoress says Dick Meyer at CBS writes the must read . . .
The Captain says the Democrats have never come up with an answer.
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