First, we have more than a communications problem — the public heard us but disagreed with our approach. Democrats need not reassess our goals for America, but we need to seriously rethink how to reach them.
Second, don’t blame the voters. They aren’t stupid or addled by fear. They are skeptical about government efficacy, worried about the deficit and angry that Democrats placed other priorities above their main concern: economic growth.
that's evan bayh in tomorrow's new york times. i don't agree with every thing in the column but it was nice to see some 1 admit some reality.
and i agree with the above. don't blame the voters. amen. and it's not that people can't hear barack, it's that they don't like what he's done.
if he'd really presented a left program, it might have been different.
i believe it was bill clinton - who looks more and more like a prophet these days - who stated that given the choice between a republican or a democrat that acts like a republican, americans will always choose the republican.
and he's right. people bought the hype of barack and thought he was a lefty. and then they either lived in denial for 2 years or had to face reality that he was the 3rd term of george w. bush.
kate zernike wrote a book i just finished reading 'boiling mad: inside tea party america.' i really recommend that book. zernike did real work - as opposed to matthew rothschild who sunk so low he's now lying about a survey. but the reason i bring up kate is she's just posted an article at nyt and it's on the tea party:
As it tries to make the transition from a protest movement to a power on Capitol Hill, the Tea Party faces the challenge of channeling the energy it brought to the election into a governing agenda when it has no clear mandate, a stated distaste for the inevitable compromises of legislating and a wary relationship with Republican leaders in Congress.
Republicans benefited from Tea Party enthusiasm, with 4 in 10 voters in exit polls expressing support for the movement. Tea Party strength propelled victories in Senate races by Marco Rubio in Florida and Rand Paul in Kentucky. Still, the Tea Party cost the Republicans some seats they once counted as solid, including one in Delaware, where Christine O’Donnell, who beat an establishment candidate thanks to strong Tea Party support in the primary, lost to Chris Coons, a Democrat once considered a long shot.
“Tonight there’s a Tea Party tidal wave, and we’re sending a message to them,” Mr. Paul said, facing a cheering throng in Bowling Green, Ky. To many in the movement, the singular goal now is to stop an expanding government in its tracks, to “hold the line at all hazards,” as Jennifer Stefano, a Tea Party leader in Pennsylvania, put it.read the article in full.
are you surprised?
by the election results?
you shouldn't be. when the crap started - following the november 2008 election - that the gop was dead and it was over and a permanent shift had taken place and blah, blah, blah - back then, ava and c.i. told you that wasn't the case. they were the 1st 1s to realize scott brown would win the senate race and realized that days after martha coakley won her primary battle. all of this was forseeable and ava and c.i. will not toot their own horn so i'll do it for them.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'