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  • Monday, February 14, 2005

    One Party

    Via the Corner, I introduce you to this little bit from Tapped:

    With the Democrats gathered in Washington for Dean's coronation and in the wake of Bill Clinton's delivery of a Delphic roadmap at the Terry McAuliffe send-off last night, let's examine what separates the Republicans from the Democrats (with apologies to Ralph Nader):

    One party has political elites who revere and respect its recent presidential candidates; one party can't even be bothered to stop chatting and, err, partying to listen to its candidates speak.

    One party has a clear programmatic agenda that has been relentlessly pursued in a well-organized fashion for five years; one party is still trying to build a credible war room (both materially and culturally).

    One party never apologizes and never shows weakness; one party is on its fourth day of cry-babyish "defense" of its Senate Leader, after a run-of-the-mill GOP "attack."

    One party is already organizing for 2005/6/7/8; one party is still trying to figure out what changes a yet-to-be-elected chair will make on the Wisteria Lane of politics — Ivy Street, SE.

    One party would know that electing a national chair with a net negative approval rating is at a minimum problematic; one party thinks it's a virtue.

    One party can whenever it wishes take off-the-shelf opposition research (video and text) and turn it into talking points that drive the friendly and (sometimes) mainstream media; one party considers 36 hours to be "rapid response."

    One party will air its dirty laundry to whatever lowest-common-denominator media outlet comes a-sniffin'; one party engages in cock-fight-style drag-'em-outs in their headquarters' basement.

    One party is on offense; one party is on . . . something else.

    On party learned the lessons of the '90s; one party unlearned them.

    One party knows the press is its "enemy"; one party mistakenly thinks the press is its "friend."

    One party is expending resources to expand the base and broaden the tent; one party says it is planning to do those things, but is distracted defending demographic and geographic turf.

    One party owns national security; one party can't figure out how to own health care or the environment in a way that would help win elections.

    One party figured out how to keep its "extreme" party platform on abortion and still make electoral gains; one party hasn't.

    One party is trying to use its general unity to hold together and pass Social Security reform; one party is trying to figure out how to extend and build on its unity over opposing personal accounts to a general strategy.

    One party has been taking the long view for a long time; one party can't see past yesterday.

    One party has members who will take these words to be gospel; one party is dominated by people will quickly dismiss it as mean-spirited.

    One party would agree with what we wrote above; so would the other one.

    This is the landscape as the DNC winter meeting continues today...

    Hillary Clinton has her work cut out for her.

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