May 8, 2008


Gordon Brown told to revert to New Labour (Andrew Porter, 08/05/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Gordon Brown needs to go back to the principles which secured Tony Blair three election victories, one of the key architects of New Labour warned the Prime Minister today.

Peter Mandelson says in an interview that Labour could lose power if the central pillars of New Labour's successes are not built on.

They are fiscal discipline, investment and reform in public services, helping the poor and maintaining strong partnerships with Europe and the USA.

Like the Democrats across the pond and their post-Clinton losses, his is a result of distancing the party from Tony Blair.

The Five Mistakes Clinton Made (KAREN TUMULTY, 5/08/08, TIME)

1. She misjudged the mood
That was probably her biggest blunder. In a cycle that has been all about change, Clinton chose an incumbent's strategy, running on experience, preparedness, inevitability — and the power of the strongest brand name in Democratic politics. It made sense, given who she is and the additional doubts that some voters might have about making a woman Commander in Chief. But in putting her focus on positioning herself to win the general election in November, Clinton completely misread the mood of Democratic-primary voters, who were desperate to turn the page. "Being the consummate Washington insider is not where you want to be in a year when people want change," says Barack Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod. Clinton's "initial strategic positioning was wrong and kind of played into our hands." But other miscalculations made it worse:

To the contrary, she fall irretrievably behind when she ran to the Left and recovered when she ran as Bill. Enough of the Third Way remains to be effected that she could easily have run as the candidate of conservative change.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 8, 2008 8:06 AM

Except next January, the "second way" Democrats will be running this country for at least two years. (And as Bill and Hillary! and Foley and Mitchell demonstrated in '93, that's more than enough time to run it into the ground and generate a backlash even the Stupid Party can exploit.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 8, 2008 10:30 AM

They haven't won an election since '64 and that only because JFK was shot.

Posted by: oj at May 8, 2008 1:33 PM

Have you forgotten Carter?

Posted by: erp at May 9, 2008 10:16 AM

Carter was a conservative Evangelical Southern governor (as a candidate).

Posted by: oj at May 9, 2008 1:12 PM
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