January 5, 2010

FIREDOGLAKE: Democratic Strategy in 2010: Run Against George W. Bush Again! “That’s right. He’s been out of office for almost a full year now and will have been gone for almost 2 years by the time the next election arrives, but never underestimate the ability of party hacks to run from reality.” You know, it’s amazing how much Dembloggers sound like GOPbloggers some times . . .

UPDATE: Reader Elaine Curtis-Quick writes:

That Firedoglake post you linked to …brings up a very important question: just how ticked off are democrats?

Let’s put it like this: there’s been a lot of talk on the right trying to discourage the formation of a Tea Party, since a third party would siphon off votes for Republicans, causing dems to win in historically republican districts. And that could potentially happen, were dems united and willing to make their voices heard at the ballot box as they have done in 2006 and 2008. But… if there are large numbers of democrats who are fiscal conservatives (and Tea Party turnout suggests this to be the case), as well as progressives who don’t think Obama & Co. have done enough to advance their progressive agenda, then how likely is it that some registered democrats will sit out this next election cycle? Or worse… how likely is it that the leftist radicals form their own third party? (Or possibly just go to the Green Party or some other already-existing third party?)

How likely is it that there’s not only a schism in the right, but also one in the left? How likely is it that not only democrats will be voted out, but so will republicans?

It’s starting to sound like — regardless of your party affiliation — you’re pretty unhappy about the direction our leaders are going. Change is either too far, too fast, or not nearly far and fast enough. We’re all pretty fed up with the fact that Washington seems to be deaf when it comes to the will of the people. So how likely is it that both sides — left and right — are prepared to send DC a message? And if the left is just as PO’d as the right, then doesn’t that moot the whole argument that the GOP faithful have been making to beg the Tea Partiers to not form their own party?

I actually think that there may be a coalition of the disaffected amounting to about 2/3 of the electorate. The question is whether they can unite on anything, even just throwing the bums out.

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