Not because it wasn’t true, but because it is so 2006.
You know when you hear McCain or Dana Perino crib your stuff that things need to change. (Obviously they don’t respect copyrights either, but being Republicans they will vocally defend them.)
But I think instead of pointing out their flaws in personality which is pretty easy to do, if you’re me, it would be better to understand the political atmosphere that they operate in now, and not 2006.
One of the Rovian hangovers is accusing Democrats of identity politics because duh, the Democratic party is a coalition of people very passionate about one or two issues and empathetic to other people and their issues who are empathetic to them and theirs.
Democrats will, because of personality differences with their Republican counterparts, always be less likely to tow a party line, be least amiable towards top down policy positions, and always passionate about their particular issue even if that includes carrying the fight to other Democrats.(see Hillary v Obama)
When I observe the natural world I am reminded of two friends who are walking on a flat prairie and come upon a small hill and looking 360 degrees around them from the top of that hill declare the view of the horizon to be that of the universe, but then one of the two walks to the horizon and ascends another larger hill and finds the horizon includes the previous universe and a vast new one all directions and so calls to the other friend to join them on the distant hill.
We have reached the point of many friends and many distant hills, which has left the Republicans standing on the previous hills already climbed and conquered, and the Democrats scattered about a diversity of mountains and in various stages of the ascent.
Having said that McCain and the conservative philosophy is a relic of the past is pretty much all that can be said without getting personal. The failure of that philosophy is obvious to any who have looked.
The problem Obama has, as would Hillary or John, is to be a leader one must cobble the coalition of inter-Democratic party interests together in such a way as to be able to reach out and lead the hill sitters on, without blowing their own coalition to pieces. That is in fact what leaders do.
I’m not sure how I’m going to fit into all of that this cycle, but I am pretty much resolved not to fall back into the 2006 rut which I think the Republicans are hoping and expecting. After all it did work.
I do think that the policy wonkery of the youngsters is by far the better path, and I am thankful that the left blogosphere is filled with bright, energetic people who have the training and the experience to articulate positions and formulate policies that implement those positions in ways that draw the Democratic coalition together. I also worry they do not understand the needs of any leader to bring all of the people along.
The biggest weaknesses with the leadership is taking the netroots for granted. They must absolutely clean up their own houses to conform with the grassroots demands of openness and transparency. To many newly active partisans the old ways corruption is obvious and ubiquitous, and the leadership will not be spared if they practice the politics of the past. You ignore that call at your own peril. I do not think the progressive movement will spare Democrats just because they support the correct issues.