Thursday, March 10, 2005

''Dean offers new ideas to Democrats''

From Friday's Seattle P-I: "Instead of stiff-arming Dean away from policy debates, congressional Democrats should leverage his durable popularity with the base to rally support for the Democratic agenda. Meanwhile, Dean must acknowledge the ideological uncertainty within the party. In a letter to supporters, he claimed "there is no crisis of ideology in the Democratic Party, only a crisis of confidence." But the "crisis" of self-doubt stems from enduring questions about where the party stands. There is little doubt that when the next elections roll around, Dean will have raised enough money and Democrats will have fulfilled their role as the opposition party. But if they don't work together now to outline a specific and unified Democratic agenda, they may remain the opposition party for a long time."-from the op-ed by Ari Melber, the former Washington state deputy political director for the Kerry/Edwards campaign and a contributor to "MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country."

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