Thursday, April 07, 2005

A Democratic Maverick!

Mickey Kaus has a great response to Bill Bradley's Op-Ed in the NYT. Responding to Bradley's assertion that the Dems must develop a more institutional approach (like the Republicans) to developing and communicating its ideas through its extisting organizations:

The problem, of course, is that the Democratic party's most stable institutional elements are also its most problematic elements: 1) unions; 2) the civil rights and Latino lobbies; 3) the senior lobby (AARP); 4) institutional feminists (NOW); 5) trial lawyers; 6) Iowa-caucus style "progressives;" and 7) Hollywood emoters. If a national problem could be solved without trampling on the interests of this institutional base, Democrats would have solved it in the decades when they were in power....

Currently, the Democrats' only hope is that once every four years a maverick candidate will come along who tells the party's permanent institutional base to shove it and actually fashion an appealing platform.

Wouldn't we all be better off if the Dems could tell these institutional elements "to shove it?"



At 3:18 PM, Blogger Nick said...

Jesus man! uve hit the nail on the head there. the dems cant take sum north east kerry or clinton type person, they need someone who CAN tell all the self interested parties to shove it, and get the party connected with the voters.


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