Bob Herbert takes the Democrats to task in today’s NY Times for being weak-willed:
The problem is the party itself. God and the Republicans have blessed the Democrats with the high ground on one important issue after another, from the war in Iraq to national economic policy to health care to education to the environment.
But like the Union general George McClellan, the Democrats have been too timid to take full advantage. It’s a party for the faint of heart. The Republicans are hijacking elections and redistricting the country and looting the Treasury and ignoring the Constitution and embittering our allies, while the Democrats are — let’s see, fumbling their way through an incoherent primary season and freaking out over Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean.
To regain control of the White House, the Democrats need to give voters, who are frightened by terrorism and disoriented by the pace of 21st-century events, new reasons to hope. That can only be done by a thoughtful, united, energized and creative party. A party with a plan and a ferocious will to win.
A party that I don’t see at the moment.
Don’t worry, Bob…it’s out there, you’ll see it soon enough.