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Monday, April 18, 2005

A Party With No Anchor

The Associated Press reports some depressing, but totally predictable, news. Link.
House Democrats have decided to quit emphasizing that they will not negotiate changes to Social Security until President Bush drops his idea for private accounts. The switch in strategy comes after Democrats learned from focus groups that people frown on the lawmakers for being obstinate.

That's what happens when you have no ideas of your own. You let focus groups and polls decide where you stand on the issues, or you watch what the Republicans want and argue the opposite. Maybe the political consultants tell them that they must go with what the focus groups determine is popular, but the Democrats will not start winning elections again until they decide what they believe in and act accordingly.

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