From Political Wire.Com.
No matter what side you fall on, you can pretty much agree that the DEMS have had a tough time defining themselves as far back as 2000 (when Gore failed to run on the Clinton record).
This has been especially true post 9/11.
But with Bush’s duck becoming lamer by the day, could the DEMS get back in the game by offering a list of clear objectives, promises and positions in the form of a new Contract With America?
If so, what prongs would it have? Would it appeal to the base or to the 5-10% swing vote that existed in 2004 (which could be higher if you believe the latest polls)?
The problem with this for the DEMS is that they seem to have ideas that don’t play that well as bullet points or sound bites. The success of Newt’s offering was that it offered specific (or near specific) ideas of what would happen if they were elected.
How do you make “continue to protect the rights of women to choose” as an action item? It is more of a general, long term goal.
If they lack specificity, then they just become general political BS that the public would ignore.
How should/would the DEMs phrase their contract? Even if you aren’t a DEM, give them some advice. God knows they need it!