posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 11:20 AM
WASHINGTON - To regain political power Democrats must abandon favorite election myths, adopt a strong position on national defense and pick candidates
who connect with average voters, two political analysts from the party said Thursday.
Political scientists Elaine Kamarck and William Galston, both Democrats, warned that the most important first step is to abandon beliefs they describe
as "election myths."
The report, done for the moderate Democratic strategy group Third Way, compared the current situation to 1989, when they wrote a report that mapped a
centrist strategy for Democrats.
The said the current "myths" are:
_The belief Democrats can win if they just do a great job of mobilizing their base. Republicans have improved at mobilizing their own base, so
Democrats need to do more than that.
_The theory demographic changes over time will make Democrats a majority, a questionable concept with the Hispanic vote increasingly up for grabs.
_The belief Democrats can succeed politically if they simply learn to talk more effectively about their positions.
_The strategy of avoiding cultural issues, playing down national security and changing the subject to domestic issues. National security is too
dominant a concern now.
it looks like the Democrats should not expect to take African American votes so lightly as well. dont expect to depend on demographic areas where
they would vote Democratic or somthing. i guess they see the seriousness of taking North East or California, etc. if they want to win, they gotta
have something to prove that their policies are better than the Republicans.