Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

August 5, 2003

by J

Democratic Moses

I really liked this smackdown of Lieberman at Tapped today:
WILD THING. And while Tapped is at it, let's take a look at this whole into the wilderness business that Lieberman and Al From have been bandying about. "Most of the other Democratic candidates are threatening the change that Bill Clinton and Al Gore brought on the Democratic Party and threatening to take us back into the political wilderness," Lieberman told the audience at the National Press Club Monday in response to a question. "I'm not going to stand back and let this party be taken over by people who would take us into the political wilderness again."

Maybe one of Lieberman's high-priced consultants could sit him down and explain to him the fact that the Democrats are already in the political wilderness. And that they got there with him at the helm, as the vice presidential candidate in 2000. Yeah, yeah, we all know that Gore and Lieberman won the popular vote and if weren't for the Supreme Court . . . blah, blah, blah. Tapped sympathizes, really. But the fact of the matter is that you don't lose the game in the final play; that election was Gore and Lieberman's to lose and they lost it. Politically, it's not 1972; it's 1973. But things are actually worse this time around, because Nixon was a relatively liberal Republican and Bush is a conservative radical. Combined with the loss of the House in 1994 and of the Senate in 2000 and 2002, the situation facing the Dems in 2003 is much more dire than it was three decades ago, or even in 1992. No candidate who doesn't get this can win the Democratic nomination. It's not a question of avoiding the wilderness; it's a question of finding someone to lead Democrats out of it. Because they are already in there, and deep.

Let's just call him Howard Moses Dean -- the party's been wandering for too long, and Dean can lead it out of the wilderness.

[yeah, yeah, this analogy breaks if you look at it too closely...]
Posted by J at August 5, 2003 11:40 AM

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