But the most revealing part is the Democrats' idea that they can adopt a magical plan to gain strength in red states. Instead of some elaborate hoax, they might consider coming back to reality on the morals issue rather than discarding wholesale the Judeo-Christian ethic and catering to the licentious whims of every one of their fringe constituencies. But that would be like asking them to abandon their church and their congregation. Forget it.
The Democratic governors, according to Lawrence, are looking for a different set of attributes in their new chairman. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm says he/she "should be a centrist who comes from a conservative or battleground state, or is comfortable in those settings."
Sound plausible? Then, read on: "We want somebody who can speak to the heart ? who can speak the language of values. ? " Sorry, Governor, you can't speak to the heart if you think "values" is a matter of semantics. You either share the values of the mostly-silent-except-when-they-vote majority, or you don't. But Democrats just don't grasp this concept. As Rush detailed in his show Monday, House Democrats are enlisting the counsel of Berkeley professor of linguistics and cognitive sciences, George Lakoff, to learn how to use "words and craftsmanship" to take back the majority.
Lawrence also reminds us that Howard Dean, the guy who can fire up the Democrat base like no other -- is still in the running for the chairmanship.
This isn't about the Democrats' base anymore. Their base was fired up, not for John Kerry -- who couldn't ignite a self-starting grill -- but against George Bush.
The problem is they've marginalized themselves with a hodgepodge of such extreme positions that their base isn't big enough anymore and their core platform not only doesn't resonate with the rest of the people, including swing voters, it scares and alienates them.
Democrats will fly blind until they learn their electoral difficulties are not the result of fraud and cheating (unless, by that you mean they weren't effective enough at either), or semantics or fundraising, but who they are at their core, mainly concerning national security issues and moral issues. Unless, of course, they are able to find another Bill Clinton -- not Hillary -- who can fool a plurality of the people a plurality of the time.