Tuesday, August 9


Howard Dean, the ranter-with-portfolio for the Democratic National Committee, must have bumped his head on something and enjoyed an ensuing moment, however brief, of clear-headed lucidity. One might even go so far as to say "The Mouth" has experienced an Epiphany of sorts, for according to Christopher Graff of the Associated Press (AP), The Howard has come to this startling revelation with regard to the Democratic Party: "We need a message. It has to be clear."

Well, that's certainly part of the solution, but with an important caveat. As long as the strident left wing of the party predominates -- Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, are three good examples who come to mind -- the clearer the message the more damage control that will be needed. "Clear messages" resonate with American voters in inverse proportion to the number of liberals who craft the message and articulate its themes.

Senator Joe Lieberman had it right back in 2003 when he said that if the Democratic Party continues to move to the Left, embracing the "failed solutions of the past," then it doesn't deserve to run the country.

Indeed, it will just continue its unenviable tradition in recent years of almost winning.

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