Originally posted by BRussell
If they couldn't win this time around, with the worst presidency since Nixon, and a decent candidate in Kerry, it's pretty clear that the majority of the country just doesn't agree with Democrats. So now they need to decide: be principled, or get votes? I'd rather they go the Clinton/DLC route and win than stay where they are now and lose. At least we'd be going in the right direction if, say, Lieberman was president.
Wtf??? Kerry's campaign was pathetic, horrible, enbarassing
. There is something severely wrong when a whopping $hundreds of $millions in campaign revenue couldn't defeat an administration which has gotten us into an appalling fiscal mess, an endless unwinnable war "justified" by lies and fueled by corruption, lost more jobs than any presidential term in US history, dismembered the Constitution, forced anti-American religious fundamentalism down our throats, and not only presided over the worst breach of national security in US history
, but at the very least, deliberately allowed it to happen in order to justify the extremist foreign policy DEMANDED
since 1992 by the PNAC religious fundamentalist neo-con warlords, now in senior administration positions.
Kerry blew his ace cards, for example instead of coming out against the Iraq war in a clear and concise position, he fumbled his way about trying to appease both camps; and regarding national security, he was equally unclear. The DNC's whole approach was almost as if they wanted to lose, or didn't dare to win. The TV commercials, made at huge expense, were lame and bland beyond all recognition: any of of those winning 25 ads in that Moveon.org amateur "Bush in 30" set (there were some 1600 ads entered) beat the pants off anything the DNC aired during the campaign.
And Lieberman??!!!! He was amongst the most unsuitable of all the "democratic" candidates to be president, alongside the bland Gephardt. Good heavens, the man is only a democrat by label. He's almost as far to the right as Zell Miller. The problem with the democrats is that they are scared of the concept 'liberal', when they should be proud of it and running with it. The time they start to embrace real liberalism, rather than trying to appease the right of the party and moderate republicans, maybe the time they win back those hordes of people who can't be bothered to vote (nearly 50% of eligible voters), namely those who feel ideologically disenfranchised.