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Monday, December 19, 2005

The Problem with the Dems

H/T to Ace

RealClear Politics has this great commentary from John McIntyre:

First, the Democrats still do not grasp that foreign affairs and national security issues are their vulnerabilities, not their strengths. All of the drumbeat about Iraq, spying, and torture that the left thinks is so damaging to the White House are actually positives for the President and Republicans. Apparently, Democrats still have not fully grasped that the public has profound and long-standing concerns about their ability to defend the nation. As long as national security related issues are front page news, the Democrats are operating at a structural political disadvantage. Perhaps the intensity of their left wing base and the overwhelmingly liberal press corps produces a disorientation among Democratic politicians and prevents a more realistic analysis of where the country’s true pulse lies on these issues.
And while 9/11 has certainly faded in the consciousness for most in Washington these days (and for many in the country as a whole), for average Joe American security is still a critically important issue. And the bottom line is that average Americans’ sympathies are not with terrorists trying to kill innocents, but rather with our troops and security agents who are trying to combat these jihadists.

The public resents the overkill from Abu Ghraib and the hand-wringing over whether captured terrorists down in Gitmo may have been mistreated. They want Kahlid Mohamed, one of the master minds of 9/11 and a top bin Laden lieutanent, to be water-boarded if our agents on the ground think that is what necessary to get the intel we need. They want the CIA to be aggressively rounding up potential terrorists worldwide and keeping them in “black sites” in Romania or Poland or wherever, because the public would rather have suspected terrorists locked away in secret prisons in Bulgaria than plotting to kill Americans in Florida or California or New York.
One of the major problems working against Democrats is many on their side appear to be rooting for failure in Iraq and publicly ridicule the idea that we actually might win. When this impression is put in context of the debate over eavesdropping or the Patriot Act, Democrats run the significant risk of being perceived to be more concerned with the enemy’s rights than protecting ordinary Americans. This is a loser for Democrats.

This is a point that Brian and I have discussed at length. When the Kossacks & DUers are pushing them to the left and the MSM is holding your water for them, it's difficult for the Dems to develop an effective strategy that sells in the Red States. The whole point for the title of this blog was to make fun of the fact that the Left sees Karl Rove behind every Bush success and/or every disaster to the country, as in 9/11. The Left's failure to recognize fundamental problems with their policy positions and structural problems in their fractious party, they may be in the woods for some time to come.

Fortunately for the Dems, some presidential nominees are steering clear of Howard Dean and the rest of the party whackjobs... However, if the Left base of the Dem party continues to veer to the left and continues to do so in such a public way, they will likely be damaged by association.

As I've mentioned in the past, Dean's ascension from washed up Vermont Governor to Chair of the DNC has been a disaster for the Dems.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler