Saturday, March 25, 2006

Write like BenDo day

Today at Oliver Willis, it's write like Ben Domenech day. I posted a sample of my post in the comments. Can you guess who wrote this original passage?
This is a blog for the majority of Americans.

Since the election of 1992, the extreme political right has fought a losing battle. Their views on the economy, marriage, abortion, guns, the death penalty, health care, welfare, taxes, and a dozen other major domestic policy issues have been exposed as unpopular, unmarketable and unquestioned losers at the ballot box.

Republicans who have won major elections since 1992 have, with very few exceptions, been the ones who distanced themselves from the shrieking denizens of their increasingly extreme base, soft-pedaled their positions on divisive issues and adopted the rhetoric and positions of the left -- pro-free market, pro-business, pro-faith, tough on crime and strongly in favor of family values.

Yet even in a climate where Democrats hold command of every branch of government, and advocate views shared by a majority of voters, the mainstream media continues to treat blue state Americans as equines in the mist - an alien and off-kilter group of suburbanites about which little is known, and whose natural habitat is a discomforting place for even the most hardened reporter from the Washington Post.

While the mainstream media has been slow to recognize the growth in liberal America, smart Republicans have not. Former Virginia Governor George Allen and Rick Santorum are not alone in recognizing that the unhinged elements of their base, motivated by partisan rage, Bill O'Reilly conspiracies and a pronounced feeling of victimhood have dragged down the Republican Party for far too long. It's a political anchor apotheosized by the founders of right wing websites World Net Daily and NewsMax. Smart Republicans recognize that if they continue to be the party of George W. Bush, the floor may be nonexistent.

The reason there are political openings for these neo-triangulation strategies, however, is almost entirely the fault of Democratic leadership. On issue after issue, Democrats have given in to the wisdom of the MSM and the beltway talking heads instead of listening to their constituents and the liberal political base. On the size of government, on immigration and on issues of federal power, Democrats have adopted the same Washington strategies that doomed the Republicans in the 2006 cycle. They've grown fat and happy on pork contracts, and forgotten why they were sent to this town in the first place

Blue America's citizens are the political majority. They're here to stay. It's time to start paying attention to what they believe and why.


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