Friday, May 06, 2005

VDH's Private Papers :: Democratic Suicide

The always thought-provoking Victor Davis Hanson has a new essay on the decline of the Democratic Party.
Democratic Suicide: "We are in unsure times amid a controversial war. Yet the American people are not swayed by the universities, the major networks, the New York Times, Hollywood, the major foundations, and NPR. All these bastions of doctrinaire liberal thinking have done their best to convince America that George W. Bush, captive to right-wing nuts and Christian fanatics, is leading the country into an abyss. In fact, a close look at a map of red/blue counties nationwide suggests that the Democrats are in deepening trouble. Why? In a word, Democratic ideology and rhetoric have not evolved from the 1960s, although the vast majority of Americans has -- and an astute Republican leadership knows it."
He goes on to analyze how each of the traditional Democratic positions on the party's key issues is losing traction and why. Is a turnaround near? Well, the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. The Democrats's leadership choices show that their plan is still to head for China.

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