In their continuing post-election collective psychiatric couch session, the Democrats first need to determine whether they are going to maintain the charade that they were robbed, and, if so, then decide what to do about it.
Democrats have been vacillating back and forth between believing a majority of the public aligns with their liberalism on the one hand, and concluding that this isn't their country anymore on the other (their words, not mine).
Their behavior smacks of full-blown schizophrenia when you consider they are maintaining they were cheated in Ohio (and elsewhere), yet simultaneously engaged in narcissistic self-analysis.
If they would have won had there been no cheating, they don't need to be engaged in the soul searching, right? But if they are truly out of step with a clear majority of Americans, they should quit making these false, destructive claims of Republican election fraud.
Today, newspapers teem with reports about Democratic plans to challenge the Ohio presidential election results and that Washington State Democrats just refuse to get a life.
But also today, stories continue to explode like shrapnel concerning Democratic hand wringing over what they did wrong and how they can fix it before they wind up as a hopelessly lost minority party.
They are desperately in search of a panacea to restore them to their glory days as the majority party -- a love potion that will reunite them with American voters.
For example, Jill Lawrence reports in USA Today that Democrats are soberly pondering their choice to succeed Terry McAwful as Democratic National Committee chairman. This all-important selection, they say, will send a critical signal as to the party's future direction.
But look at the qualities the various party honchos are aiming for in their new party "Boss." Lawrence says the state party officials "want someone who is energetic, charismatic and organized, expert at both fundraising and the pithy sound bite. Extra credit available for plans to strengthen Democrats in red states won by President Bush."
Do you notice a common thread uniting the items on this wish list? That's right, they all have to do with superficial qualities, things that will enable the party to fool the American people rather than actually connecting with them on the issues. Don't forget that Terry McAwful himself possessed most of those qualities. He is energetic, some would say "charismatic" and organized. And I just read an article saying Democrats outperformed Republicans in fundraising.
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