Julie with a B

Thursday, August 04, 2005
Watching Ohio and other swing states...
I have mentioned more than a few times that I think the Democratic Party has lost "that vision thing". And we have. Partly because it was sucked up by the Republican Party - consider the No Child Left Behind *national* *educational* policy that demands that *states* meet certain *national* standards. Hmm, sounds rather like old Dem policy eh? Whatever. We still lack a solid platform and someone with vision to run with it.
However - from today's WaPo:
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) warned fellow Republicans yesterday not to ignore the implications of the party's narrow victory in Tuesday's special election in Ohio, saying the public mood heading into next year's midterm elections appears to helping Democrats and hurting Republicans.
"It should serve as a wake-up call to Republicans, and I certainly take it very seriously in analyzing how the public mood evidences itself," Gingrich said. "Who is willing to show up and vote is different than who answers a public opinion poll. Clearly, there's a pretty strong signal for Republicans thinking about 2006 that they need to do some very serious planning and not just assume that everything is going to be automatically okay."

The current administration is making some arrogant assumptions about a "mandate" and has become the "divider" not the "uniter" assuming that all his Republican cattle will stay on his side of the fence. Oh, oops, someone has left the gate open! There is considerable disagreement within the party and the big guys aren't listening.
"There does seem to be a sour mood among the electorate at both the state and national level," Mouk said.

Perhaps this will encourage the Dems to get their attitude together. And that "vision thing"? How about this:
So let’s dream. Instead of doing nothing or simply defending 20th century solutions, let’s imagine together what we could do to give every American a fighting chance in the 21st century.
What if we prepared every child in America with the education and skills they need to compete in the new economy? If we made sure that college was affordable for everyone who wanted to go? If we walked up to those Maytag workers and we said “Your old job is not coming back, but a new job will be there because we’re going to seriously retrain you and there’s life-long education that’s waiting for you—the sorts of opportunities that Knox has created with the Strong Futures scholarship program.
What if no matter where you worked or how many times you switched jobs, you had health care and a pension that stayed with you always, so you all had the flexibility to move to a better job or start a new business? What if instead of cutting budgets for research and development and science, we fueled the genius and the innovation that will lead to the new jobs and new industries of the future?

Yes, that's Senator Barack Obama. He talks about most of the things that are important to me. He missed my environmental concerns and issues with transportation but he's close.


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