Monday, January 02, 2006

Josh Marshall on the task before the Dems

Bad politics usually stems from people not having a clear idea of what they're trying to achieve, where they're trying to go. Once you know where you're trying to lead the country, strategy and tactics and optics and gutting the other side all tend to fall into place. If not perfectly, then a whole lot easier. Where do we want to take the country? Forget the rest and think about that. That's the guiding star."

This is the key.

1 comment:

  1. It seems to me that professional Democratic politicians try their hardest to maintain power without regard to an overall party strategy or goals. However,it remains the opposition party most open to non-idealogical members who might set a new national agenda. The war in Iraq is the best example: Senator Clinton apparently supports the President's military policy not because he is right or successful, but perhaps, to prevent a strong challenger in New York. Senator Cantwell has also failed to take up the cause of redeployment or withdrawl. Antiwar Democratic candidates for Congress may win this November and change the thinking at the top of the party bureaucracy. That remains to be seen, though.