Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Democrats do not need a message, they need to change their personalities

The Rude Pundit has been saying something that I also would assert in my own way: the Democrats should stop cautiously weighing public opinion because in so doing they develop a passive, reactive, unconfident personality. They should resolve to make themselves assertive, despite that in so doing they will often embarrass themselves.

Howard Dean has some assertiveness and it is the primary reason for his success. I didn't think he ought to be president, and I think he showed that he did not have the breadth of knowledge and experience I'd like in a president or Democratic nominee; I don't think 'the media' destroyed his candidacy, so much as that there were many Democrats who felt about him as I do. But his assertiveness made up for a lot of that, and he developed a surprisingly large following and wound up as DNC chair, where he has continued to be assertive in personality. But currently Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are both reactive.

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