The Future of the Democratic Party
Dean Esmay has an interesting view on this.
The Democrats, as I see it, now face a crisis of conscience. They can angrily dig in, continue to embrace the Michael Moore/Joe Trippi wing of the party as their hope for the future, or they can realize that the center in American politics has shifted and they can begin the process of remaking themselves, pushing the more extreme elements to the side and finding ways to win back the votes of people they've done so much to alienate the last few years.In the House, so long as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi remains as Minority Leader, the Democrats will continue to be the Angry Left. However, the Democrats in the Senate have the advantage of having to pick a new leader. If they pick Harry Reid, the current Senate Minority Whip, they will signal that they at least want to appear more centrist and may even be a real step toward cooperation. If the Democrats pick Christopher Dodd, it will clearly signal that they will remain on their Leftist crusade.
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