A NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
TULLIUS is no stranger to being out of power. Nor does he need to remind his informed reader that the Re Publica is the sum total of matters belonging to the people.Governance is the Achilles' heel of the Republican Party and by pursuing good governance in the "red states" New Democrats can regain the ascendancy:
Consider the wise comments of Will Marshall:
- NDOL: Heartland Strategy by Will Marshall: "Bush won nine (states) by single-digit margins. These include three Southern states (Florida, Arkansas, and, surprisingly, Virginia), three Midwestern states (Ohio, Iowa, and Missouri) and three Rocky Mountain states (New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado). Altogether, those nine states have 103 electoral votes. To win the next presidential election, assuming no further erosion in the blue states, a Democratic candidate would have to win about 20 percent of those votes. And by targeting these states and contesting them vigorously, Democrats would enhance the prospects of boosting their popular vote and sweeping more Senate and House candidates into office."
E Pluribus Unum. Few of Tullius' readers may know that hundreds of American towns declared independence from the crown before Jefferson helped fuse these declarations into the July 4th declaration creating the world's greatest republic (and later founded the Democratic Republican Party). Few may know that thousands of city councils declared themselves opposed to the Vietnam War in the 1970s, thereby making it possible for Democratic Speaker "all politics is local" O'Neill to stop funding leading to American withdrawal from the war.
Thousands of Barack Obamas. Democratic activists can work in the red states and throughout the country to help thousands of Barack Obamas win elections and govern wisely--by focusing on the concerns of ordinary people (res publicae) where they live, work and educate their children.
The Republican Achilles' heel. Even though the Republican party controls Congress, the White House and the majority of state houses and state legislatures--there is no Republican theory of governance. There was no plan to win the peace in Iraq and no effective plan to win the war against the Jihadists. There is no plan to decrease the deficit--only a plan to make it larger. The education, health care and pension systems of America or in sorry condition. All of these are symptoms of a lack of governance. By aiming for good governance, New Democrats aim directly for the Republicans Achilles' heel. The purpose of government is to serve the people and those who know how to serve the people will be chosen by them to govern.
TULLIUS is certain that by good governance and sticking to the Party's core values (see TULLIUS' November 25th post) Democrats will regain the ascendant.