Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Long weekend

Sorry for not posting for a couple days...maybe I have run out of things to say. I have been posting comments now and then on MyDD.com and it probabbly has done everyone more harm than good.

Some people on there still believe the hyper-liberal myths that the DLC is trying to destroy the party and is responsibile for every loss the Democrats have had. These same people strangly feel that Dean is their Moses who will lead Democrats out of the desert even though he was part of this supposed devil's pact a few months prior to running for president and still believes most (if not all) of the DLC's tenants.

These folks and their hyper-conservative counterparts give credance to the idea that Dean's leadership of the DNC will wrench the party to the left, when in reality nothing could be further from the truth. I am not supporting Dean for DNC, but I am not opposing him for this very reason.

We need to change the leadership and the way the party runs itself. The incestuous relationship between the DSCC/DCCC and political consultants in DC needs to stop. The dependancy on big, soft money donations (see 527s) needs to stop. The idiotic left-right debate needs to stop. I am tired of the turf wars between the DLC and the Nation Magazine factions of the party. Is that really going to lead to victories in November? I think not. Why should people who win with 80+ percent of the vote be making political decisions for those at the margins?

If the Democrats want the Congress under their control before 2012, they need to embrace reform and change, not fight it like Roemer et al. The American people don't even know who controls their government because the only Democrats they hear from are in Congress or run for President (or both). To ensure long-term sucess, Democrats need to support Iowa-style redistricting, where a non-partisan group designs congressional districts and there is near parity in almost every district. The results are a more moderate, more representative House of Representatives than the current hyper-partisan GOP-dominated body today.

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