If I was running the Democratic Party, I’d do whatever possible to put the following two phrases on everybody’s lips:
- Republicans can’t govern.
- Republican economics are a proven failure.
These phrases not only define the opposition, they help redefine the Democrats in important ways. The first implies that while everybody knows Democrats are lousy street fighters, they can govern. The second implies the Democratic Party is the party of fiscal responsibility — a label the Republicans rightly gave up years ago, and which the Dems for some reason never bothered to claim.
There is, of course, another responsibility the Democratic Party has to accept: It has to start seriously standing up for ordinary people against the endless shakedowns by the corporate sector. Otherwise, the Dems will be stuck with a brand they don’t want: The party that sells out its constituents and still can’t win.