Thursday, October 06, 2005

Election Day Myths

Will Lester of the Associated Press (AP) wrote an article on a report by political analysts Elaine Kamarck and William Galston enumerating some of the "election myths" the national Democrat Party will have to dispel if they wish to be a majority once more. No, these aren't the kind of "Democrats" that vote Republican, donate money to Republicans, and release reports criticizing only Democrats. Ms. Kamarck and Mr. Galston are true blue Democrats and their politics can be glimpsed in some of their writing, such as Kamarck's Decline of American Greatness or Galston's Peril's of Pre-emptive War.

Those articles and the others like them are mildly interesting, but the body of their work that I find fascinating and absolutely hilarious is the one discussed in the AP article concerning "election myths" long held by the Democrat Party. The article starts by dispelling the old assumptions of better mobilization and an emerging Democrat majority in the form of minority immigrants. However, the point that struck me funny was this one:

The belief Democrats can succeed politically if they simply learn to talk more effectively about their positions.

I'm sorry, but I can't help but laugh every time I look at that one. I also can't help but agree completely. When national Democrat candidates start speaking candidly and coherently about their exact positions and policies, voters either melt away or slip through fingers like sand on election day.

I recently thought I heard a blurb on the news about Howard Dean proposing a Democrat version of the Republican Contract With America of 1994. That's a good idea, unless as the Democrat political analysts warn against, the Democrats plan on outlining their actual positions and policies in the document.


Blogger Mike said...

This is so true. I'm concerned that Republicans may be falling into the same trap as the democrats. I hear them talking about "changing their message" to minorities. They just have to stay focused on freedom and equal opportunity and free markets and it will take care of itself eventually.

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