August 25, 2006

IF NO ONE LIKES YOUR IDEAS DON'T SHARE THEM:

Speak Not: Why the Democrats should be the party of no ideas (Peter Beinart, 08.25.06, New Republic)

A few weeks ago, congressional Democrats announced their agenda for the fall campaign. Its substance was unremarkable: raising the minimum wage, making college tuition tax-deductible, putting more money into alternative energy. But the really encouraging part was the public reception. Or should I say, the lack of public reception: Barely anyone noticed. And, for Democrats, that's very good news.

From Margaret Thatcher through Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich's Revolution, Helen Clark, John Howard, George W. Bush, Stephen Harper, Junichiro Koizumi, Dr. Manmohan Singh, etc. the same set of basic ideas has come to dominate the post-Welfare State electoral politics of the Anglosphere. The Democrats rejection of the Third Way in the wake of the Clinton era is hardly a good sign for them, but it means that Mr., Beinart is right that they need to keep absolutely silent about their agenda.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 25, 2006 11:42 AM
Comments

Anyone who thinks the Dems should just shut..up is to be commended.

Posted by: John Resnick at August 25, 2006 1:24 PM

The Democratic Party is a corpse. All they have left is the MSM and voting fraud in urban areas.

Posted by: andrew at August 25, 2006 2:48 PM

Reminds me of that chicken running around, even after its head has been chopped off.

Oooooops! Bad image. Sorry if I offended any Islamofascists out there.

Posted by: obc at August 25, 2006 5:17 PM

"... Democrats should be the party of no ideas"
I thought the Know Nothing Party died out 150 years ago, and even they didn't claim to have no ideas.

Posted by: jd watson at August 25, 2006 10:14 PM
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