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Thursday, November 27, 2003
For Democrats, A Wake-Up Call:
"It's an odd dynamic," said Eric Hauser, a strategist on the party's liberal wing. "When I came to Washington in the mid-'80s, the idea that Democrats ran things was just like the sun coming up in the east. Now, with each passing year, Democrats are less relevant."Are the Democrats truly, philosophically, the party of big government? Or merely, believing themselves entitled to power, the party of self-interest? (Bigger government is good because we're the government. More programs = more grateful beneficiaries + more public sector workers = more likely Democratic voters.)
When your basic electoral strategy since the New Deal has been to buy votes (and create voters) by expanding government reach and providing government benefits, what do you do when you're no longer in a position to help shape - much less dictate - government policy?
What fundamental principles do the Democratic party actually believe in?
Was Bill Clinton - whose only known commitment was to gaining and retaining political power - truly the archetypal late-20th century Democrat? Or Jimmy Carter - well-intentioned but disastrously ineffectual?
Thoughts for the post-Dean wilderness experience.
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