Monday, January 10, 2005

Dems Looks Ahead: Whom to Hate in 2008?

Dems Looks Ahead: Whom to Hate in 2008?
by Scott Ott

(2005-01-10) -- As the internal wrangling over who will lead the Democrat party continues, some within the party already grapple with a bigger question: "Whom shall we hate in 2008?"

According to a Washington Post report today, Democrats already have a comprehensive, progressive, optimistic, results-oriented plan for the next four years -- blocking President George Bush's efforts to keep his campaign promises.

But once President Bush enters his final year in the White House, some strategists worry that the party will lack a suitable "target of rage" so essential to fundraising efforts.

"It's hard to imagine," said one consultant, "getting all worked up over Rudy Giuliani, Condi Rice or even Jeb Bush. But that's what we must do. And we need to start laying the foundation for anger against each top Republican now so we'll be ready for whoever emerges as the frontrunner."

Strategists agree that the alternative to their "anybody but blank" (ABB) philosophy would be "to develop a set of principles for governance based on the founders' vision of this nation, the dignity of individuals and families and on extending the blessings of liberty to oppressed people worldwide."

"Of course, that's already being done," the unnamed consultant said. "So, we need to bring something fresh to the marketplace of ideas. I'm already starting to like the sound of 'Anybody But Rice.'"

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