The question was posed:
"How the hell did Kerry lose? How could ANYONE have lost against Bush?"My answer was thus:
"The Dems lost last time because they ran on an "Anyone but Bush" platform. They have a golden opportunity with the upcoming elections. What I worry about is that they will again focus on personality and blame instead of proposing solutions.I bring this up, because it looks like at least a segment of the liberal voters are already losing focus.
Wrong message: "Those guys screwed up the country, vote for me."
Right message: "Let's reign in spending and do (fill in the blank) in Iraq. Vote for me."
Many bloggers today are referring to a column penned (keyboarded?) by the Washington Post's Richard Cohen detailing the "digital lynch mob" that attacked him because he found no humor in Stephen Colbert's recent performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
This is bad news for the Democrats. They shouldn't be attacking each other based on pop culture criticism. They shouldn't really be attacking anybody.
They should be formulating a decent and workable proposal to put before the electorate.
The majority in congress is theirs for the taking, unless they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
tagged: politics, Richard Cohen, elections, Washington Post, Democrats, culture