The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 December 2004

Let them eat tofu

Alan Sullivan looks at today's post-election-traumatized Democratic Party, and experiences a sense of déjà vu:

Anyone who reads some history of the French Revolution will see that the most vicious participants came from backgrounds that were noble, clerical, or both. Traison des clercs (betrayal by intellectuals) was the phrase coined to describe such characters. It was their pursuit of ideological purity that set the guillotines singing. Fidel Castro is a modern example of the type. MoveOn & Co. already have the chopping block ready for [Terry] McAuliffe.

So who's going to salvage what's left of this bunch?

Howard Dean still holds the future of the party in his hands. He's a clever fellow. I think the MoveOn folks will find themselves exiled to the political equivalent of Elba. If the party suffers another Waterloo in 2006, it will be Saint Helens for the Soros bunch next time. The electorate did not reject the Democrats because tepid mainstreamers watered down MoveOn's socialist ideology. Quite the reverse. The more power the ideologues gain in the party, the worse its candidates will fare at the polls. Howard Dean and Hillary Clinton know that perfectly well.

Or, as Greg Hlatky so tersely put it:

If the party is taken from those who have been elected or get people elected and falls into the hands of those who — as was memorably said of Jesse Jackson — have only run their mouths, the narrow losses the Democrats have suffered in 2000 and 2004 will become massive losses and the Democrats will go the way of the Whigs.

Not to mention the Know-Nothings.

Posted at 10:37 AM to Political Science Fiction