What John Says

December 13th, 2007at 07:00am Posted by Eli

I’m two days late on this, but it still bears repeating:

The current crop of Democrats don’t know how to fight. They’re afraid to fight, they’re incompetent at fighting, and they’re incapable of fighting because they don’t know how to fight. They think that issuing a press release with the right talking points is fighting back. They think that holding a simple press conference on the Hill will generate a news story. And they think that a single, or even a week’s worth, of news stories is a victory. They simply do not understand what the Republicans all know too well – how to take a story, a theme, and jam it down your opponents’ throats for weeks, if not months, if not years, on end. To a Democrat, if you get a blurb in the Washington Post, one day, that’s a public relations victory. To a Republican, once that blurb is repeated every day for 30 years then they declare victory.

The current crop of Democrats and their consultants and the non-profit advocacy groups in town have no idea how to fight like a Republican, how to fight to win. It’s not just a lack of will, a lack of backbone, they quite literally don’t know how to fight, so when they do rarely fight back, and lose because it was done so poorly, the lesson they take away isn’t that they need to learn how to fight better, but rather, they think they lost because they fought back. And it will get them nowhere until they realize that they don’t know what they’re doing, and others do.

This is what’s so frustrating about being a liberal. And it’s not just a verbal, messaging failure – the Democrats also roll over and give Dubya and the Republicans almost everything they want on the floor of Congress as well.

The Democratic leadership has either failed to internalize the concept of being an opposition party, or else it is actively, deliberately complicit in the Republicans’ destruction of the country. But the thing is, when a fighter takes a dive, he usually has instructions to “make it look good.” The Democrats aren’t even doing that.

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