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View Diary: Trippi Op-Ed in the WSJ: Yes. Yes. Yes! (276 comments)

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  •  I agree... sort of (none)
    I think that only placating our base is a recipe for... well, not disaster, but something bad. Democrats win in a United States. We need to realize and internalize this. If we are divided against ourselves, Republicans will go on the attack and really try to ruin us. And for all our recent steps towards improvement, Repubs know how to go negative. Worse yet, they've controlled the division so they control the majority of the country. We need to appeal to both our base and the shaky Bush voters, and Christians. This isn't about changing our positions, though. I have no place supporting an anti-choice party. It's about articulation. It's all about the message. If we bring it across well (see Clinton's promise to make abortions "safe, legal, and rare" or something along those lines) we can end our isolation from "values voters". Because we have values. We just need to start articulating them from a moral standpoint. Faith without good works is dead. I'm so glad Kerry said that at the debates, but I would have loved to have heard it before and after as well.

    He made his bed, and now he has to sleep in it.

    by wayne ozacrot on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 09:02:23 AM PST

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    •  Frist things first (4.00)
      no way can we win with that attitude. Being scared of wht the Republicans are gonna do is a recipe for failure.

      I really don't care what the hell the Republicans think. I see that they keep winning by diving deep into their base and not giving a shit about what the Democrats think.

      It is insane to create a message around the Republican base and not the Democratic base. The entire DNC Convention was aimed at the Republican base is was embarrassing.

      •  Maybe Dems need to suffer more (none)
        Maybe Dems need to completely give up hope. Then they can say,

        "Fine, you're never going to vote for us. I don't care. What you're doing is wrong, period, whether you like hearing it or not. Here's what we should be doing."

        Surprisingly, then people may start to listen. Look at Ross Perot.

      •  I think there's a miscommunication (none)
        I'm not saying we have to craft a message around the Republican base or the Democratic base. My notion is that we need a message that speaks to everybody. In the 2004 election, the Kerry and Bush teams both fought for 51% of the electorate. Rove's guy won, as Rove's guy will tend to do if we write off huge parts of the electorate. We need to focus on everybody.

        Do you see what the Republicans have been targeting? I mean, aside from the much-ballyhooed religious demographic. There's been this meme coming up quietly in the SCLM about the diversity and inclusiveness of the Bush administration over the nominations of Condi and Alberto. There also has been much made of the gains Bush made among Hispanics. They're certainly not leaving our base alone. So it's not to our benefit to speak only to 51% of the nation. We need to turn the 40% we got in red states to 45%, then 55%. This is, of course, without selling out our platform. We've just gotten lazy at articulating our platform. We don't bother to say that we'll try to make abortions rare, or that we are for helping the poor because it's the morally right thing to do.

        What I'm suggesting sounds impossible, perhaps. But I will act as if it isn't. Remember that once upon a time Nixon won 49 states. Nixon! And say what you will about weakness of the candidate or issues within the party, those are things we should be able to instigate within the Republicans. Have you seen these people? The neocons and the fundamentalists make for the most awkward, creepy-looking family photo imaginable. And if we were looking for a weak candidate to run against, Bush was it.

        To rearticulate - this isn't about moving left or right. This is all about the message. We need to clearly identify hypocrisy and irresponsibility where it exists, and offer a strong, smart, moral alternative, because we are all of those things, at our best.

        He made his bed, and now he has to sleep in it.

        by wayne ozacrot on Tue Nov 30, 2004 at 11:16:01 AM PST

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