Monday, October 4, 2010

Party Unity

Ross Douthat offers President Obama some helpful advice on how to reunite the Democratic Party and save his presidency.

Can Obama rebuild his coalition? Perhaps, but not the way he did the first time. He won the White House by being all things to all Democrats (and quite a few independents and even Republicans as well), by making each faction see its own values reflected in his candidacy.

But the days of soaring above the grubbiness of politics are over. If Obama wants to save his presidency, he may have to do it the old-fashioned way: not by transcending his party’s divisions, but by uniting his supporters around their common fears.

Taking advice from a Republican on party unity? The party that can’t decide on whether their leader is a half-term governor, one of two radio talk show hosts best known for their volcanic outbursts of audio diarrhea, or a faction of cranky know-nothings who pride themselves on being leaderless?

No, thanks.