“Dem blues: Can the Democrats find the lyrics to regain the White House?,’ by Roger Simon, U.S. News & World Report, http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/050214/usnews/14dems.htm, 14 February 2005.
Bill Daley points out that Democrats have to get over certain hurdles that Republicans do not. “Sure, September 11 made it very hard to win this time,” Daley says. “But Vietnam totally moved Democrats to a party that conveyed weakness, and we are still living with that. Since Vietnam, since the ’60s, since Woodstock and all that, Democrats have had to convince people we are pro-American and pro-military and have values. The Democrats have an obligation to prove it, but it is a given for Republicans, even though they may have fewer values than Democrats.”
Dean may be cementing the Democrats’ Torification, but it is not a new process. It began in the 1960s, and President Bush is just the latest Republican to benefit from it.
This is not good for America. We need two strong parties. Not one strong party and one weak party.