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Monday, April 04, 2005

Dem Wedges Starting to Show

While the MSM loves to regale us with "news" of the "conservative crackup" (Mark Steyn has a very amusing column on this coverage), The Washington Times reports on an increasingly public argument between the centrists and liberals among the Democrats. Link.
The Democrats' postelection war about what they should stand for is heating up again, with centrists challenging liberals to "real fights" within the party about staking out a tougher position against terrorism.
In an attack on the party's dominant left wing, anti-war base, and a warning for new Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean "to do no harm," the centrist-leaning Democratic Leadership Council said it is "a delusion to think that if we just turned out our voters, we could win national elections." (...)

Their criticism has been heard many times during the past two decades in their continuing battle against the party's liberal establishment. But this time, they say, it will take a divisive, all-out political civil war to scrub the anti-war orthodoxy out of the party's agenda.
"Shoring up our weakness will not come without real debate -- even real fights -- over national security and domestic priorities," they said in the DLC's Blueprint magazine.
The sooner these fights take place, the better, they said.

The response was predictable.
But party liberals last week dismissed the DLC's advice as warmed-over Republicanism.
"I can't tell the difference between the positions the DLC puts forward and Republican policy," said Jack Blum, counsel for the liberal Americans for Democratic Action.

I can think of at least two reasons why the country will be better off if the centrists can reclaim the Democratic Party, even though it means that they will start winning some more elections.

The first is that a democracy is far healthier when there is a good, viable opposition. Whether you are talking of the PRI in Mexico, or Arkansas before Bill Clinton destroyed the Democratic Party there, when one party has a monopoly on winning elections, it becomes corrupt and loses any sense of purpose beyond maintaining power. The Democratic Party today is a bunch of losers, and that can potentially make the Republicans lazy and corrupt (or, more correctly, moreso than nearly all Washington politicians already are).

The second reason is that, no matter how big a collection of losers the opposition may be, there always comes a time when the majority party gets itself into such a huge scandal that "anybody but" will win the next election. When that happens, we have to hope that the Democratic Party has distanced itself from the moonbat left.

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