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Why Democrats may be fighting a loosing battle

from the election-emphasis dept.

The Economist is running a good article about differences in the organization of the Democratic and Republican parties, and about the high stakes of this election for their respective futures.

A second contrast lies in organisation. The Republican Party seems to be organised like a blue-chip corporation: directed from the top and tightly disciplined. The Democratic Party is much more of an “adhocracy”: a collection of groupuscules that have come together for the single purpose of winning this election.

This is right on the money. I've recently been thinking the same thing: The Democratic party is a Frankenstein of various fringe advocacy groups who are only semi-related at best, and who each have their own agenda which ... conflicts with that the republicans. The Democrats run around trying to appease all of these groups by making them feel that they're going to be looked after and that somehow they all have a common agenda.

The Democrat's key strategy seems to be double pronged: First, getting more people to identify with at least one of these groups and second, trying to identify and convince new groups of their "victim" status, and that the Republicans are to blame.

On another note, something else from this article that I thought was very interesting was about George Bush's heavy focus on building the Republican party, and why another term in office could spell disaster for the Democrats:

The second reason why the Republicans have more to gain from a victory in November is that they think they can use a second Bush term to turn themselves into America's de facto ruling party. Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, may be exaggerating when he says that “the Democratic Party is toast” if Mr Bush wins. But the Republicans have put emasculating the Democrats at the very heart of their second-term agenda. They plan to reduce its footsoldiers by contracting out hundreds of thousands of federal jobs, to reduce its income through tort reform (which may slim down the lawyers' wallets) and right-to-work laws (which will allow workers to opt out of union dues). And they plan to boost the number of people who own shares—and hence a stake in the success of the capitalist system—by beginning to privatise Social Security.

Wow. That's genius. Just another reason I hope for a Bush victory. While I'm not infatuated with Bush, I do respect the Republican party much more than the Democrats, so it would be great to see the Democrats marginalized. Hopefully this would lead them to actually come up with good new ideas for the country that didn't involve mere lip service to a bunch of fringe groups and the distorting the founding fathers original intentions.