March 15, 2011

HAVING WON THE BATTLE OF IDEAS...:

Crushing the Democrats' Base: Republicans aren't just attacking Democrats' policies -- they're attacking the fundamentals of what it means to be a Democrat. (Paul Waldman, March 15, 2011, American Prospect)

Put simply, Republicans are conducting a radical attack on the Democratic Party, aimed at the roots of Democratic power and sustenance. The battle is occurring in Washington and around the country, and even if the right doesn't succeed completely, the fight will almost certainly leave Democrats weakened and defensive.

Look at the targets conservatives have taken aim at in the last couple of years: access to the ballot box, unions, organizations representing the poor, organizations protecting reproductive rights, and more. The assault is not just on ideas or policies (though there's plenty of that, too) but on the institutions that undergird the Democratic Party and the progressive movement.


...it's on to crushing the machine. The fact that the Democratic Party is just an agglomeration of interest groups is its fundamental weakness, because those groups share so few interests that it's easy to pit them against each other.


Posted by at March 15, 2011 6:29 AM
  

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