Paris, maybe, but you can’t really move out of the Roman Empire, can you?
So what is a life-long Democrat to do now?
I don’t think a true liberal party can win a majority in America, because of the balance of power in the Electoral College and the Senate are so skewed toward smaller population states. On the other hand, every time the Dems move right the Repubs mover FARTHER to the right. This doesn’t seem to hurt them terribly. The two new senators from South Dakota and Oklahoma are very extreme. No abortion, no exceptions. Death penalty for Doctors who perform them. Gay people and unmarried mothers banned from teaching school (these are real positions taken). Bill Bennett was crowing today on The National Review about the “opportunity” for moral realignment of the nation (or relearning, whatever he called it. Scary by any name).
The Republicans are going to treat their 3 million vote win like a 30 million vote win. I don’t know what the solution is, but there is another election in 2 years. Can the Democrats find some way to turn a few congressional districts and a couple senate seats in red states but finding a way appeal to the better nature of rural voters? Fear is an easy sell, and the Republicans are fine with that. They don’t respect working class Republicans (whom Lee Atwater called “Extra chromosome Republicans”).
Is there a way to show these folks in the next 2 years that massive tax cuts for the over $100,000 a year bracket, runaway deficits, and the winnowing of their children for a war of first resort, is not in their best interest? If so, then maybe the Democrats can find a model to build on for 2008. Either that or become a true opposition party, lead by someone like Dean, always out of power, but able to influence the direction of the country because a 49% minority cannot be completely ignored.
Any hope of reform depends on holding the 50,000,000 Kerry voters together for a future to build on.
Next time I’ll tell you a conversation I had with a Bush supporter after the election, that made me, for the first time, really understand what this is all about for many, many Americans.