Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Democrats in Distress

Pelosi and Reid are struggling to figure it out.

WE HAD THE ANSWER IN JUNE 2005. Even the Washington Post has finally noticed that the Democrats don't have any idea what they're for:

The conflict goes well beyond Capitol Hill. The failure of congressional leaders to deliver a clear message has left some Democratic governors deeply frustrated and at odds with Washington Democrats over strategy...

There is no agreement on whether to try to nationalize the congressional campaign with a blueprint or "contract" with voters, as the Republicans did successfully in 1994, or to keep the races more local in tone....

By the time the election rolls around, people are going to know where Democrats stand," Reid said.

But many in the party have their doubts. On Feb. 27, Reid and Pelosi appeared before the Democratic Governors Association. At one point in the conversation, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, noting that the two leaders had talked about a variety of themes and ideas, asked for help. Could they reduce the message to just two or three core ideas that governors could echo in the states?

According to multiple accounts from those in the room, Reid said they had narrowed the list to six and proceeded to talk about them. Pelosi then offered her six -- not all the same as Reid's. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said later: "One of the other governors said 'What do you think?' and I said 'You know what I think? I don't think we have a message.' "

We hate to say we told you so. But we did. We even wrote up a Democrat Contract with America here. It's still the best summary of what they stand for and where they'll take the country if they regain power. And we're still offering it for free. So here it is. Again.

Best wishes from all of us here at InstaPunk.

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