As 2004 draws to a close, I just want to give thanks for Washington Post
columnist EJ Dionne. We can hope that he remains influential among
liberals. His ceaseless peddling of the disconnected bi-coastal
conventional wisdom will help ensure that the political conditions cemented
in last months elections endure.
In his column today, gives
“Lessons for Democrats.” They are: 1) to understand that the reason Bush
won is because of negative campaigning, nothing more, nothing less; 2)
liberals need to “expose” conservative contradictions between tradition and
the market; 3) liberals should aggressively wage class warfare; 4) liberals
could create a better narrative about an effective war on terrorism through
better policies on jobs, health insurance, child care, and so on.
I couldn’t agree more. Please, please, please, please follow Dionne’s lead.
No conservative ideas were better, we just manipulated the masses through
negativism. We haven’t spent 200 years building a solid political
philosophy that accommodates the various tensions of conservativism (like
tradition and freedom) – we’re just sitting here waiting to be “exposed.”
American’s aren’t aspirational and socially mobile – they like to resent
success and are only waiting for a really good and angry populist to lead
the attack. And Democrats can definitely return to their Truman national
security heritage with a bigger focus on health insurance.
Now there is a guy with his finger on the pulse……of Massachusetts
Avenue, NW. Thank the lord that is the opposition.