December 4, 2005


Dean Hammers Bush On War, Immigration: DNC Chief Gives Preview of '06 Race (Dan Balz, 12/04/05, Washington Post)

Speaking at the fall meeting of the Democratic National Committee, Dean pledged that Democrats would offer tax policies aimed at middle-class voters, a plan to provide health insurance to all Americans, immigration proposals that offer a path to legalization for illegal immigrants, and defense policies that would protect the nation and expose the "hollow promises" of the Bush administration.

With troop withdrawals underway and the economy doing well, that boils down to tax hikes, Hillary-care and immigration amnesty--every one of them a disaster with voters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 4, 2005 9:27 AM

Here's the last part of the article:

"We will not run from the debate on moral values," Dean said. "We will embrace it."

To that end, Democrats held two organizing sessions for new bodies within the DNC, one called the "people of faith" group and the other open to veterans and military families. But apparently fearing potential divisions at the preliminary discussions, DNC officials closed both meetings to reporters, angering some DNC members."

Sounds like they have a ways to go.

Posted by: AllenS at December 4, 2005 10:57 AM

If anything like this platform, even without the two new bodies, were ever presented to rank and file Dems, CSI would need to be called in to sort out the blood and guts all over the pavement.

What on earth are they thinking?

Posted by: erp at December 4, 2005 12:32 PM

Jonathan Rauch has an oped in today's WaPo trying out new Dem talking points: "All Over but the Pullback:
Nixon Did It in Vietnam. Bush Will Do It in Iraq". Instead of declare victory and withdraw the troops, the new strategy seems to be: if Bush withdraws troops, declare defeat.

Posted by: Pat Garnaas at December 4, 2005 1:17 PM


Bush has the distinction of losing Korea and WWII as well, since we're likewise witrhdrawing those troops, no?

Posted by: oj at December 4, 2005 1:26 PM

To quote another blogger:


Posted by: Pat Garnaas at December 4, 2005 1:48 PM

In theory, "health insurance for all" needn't be the same as Hillarycare. A simple form of health insurance with high deductibles/copayments, that didn't cover every trendy therapy like acupuncture, and that prohibited lawsuits in favor of binding arbitration and a fixed schedule of reimbursements for errors (e.g. wrongful death = $2 million, etc.) might be workable if it was designed with free market principles in mind.

Of course, the socialists and trial lawyers that run the Democratic party would not go for it, but in theory....

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 4, 2005 4:14 PM