now that's a trifecta
William Burton has a trio of can't-miss posts. For starters, check out his rant about the sorry state of defense spending (a good indictment, I might add, of why it's stupid to assume any politician is "strong on defense" just because they want to spend more money...).
Burton then goes on for a double-pronged prescription of how and why the Democrats need to stop trying to be Republican Lite and go back to being Democrats, also riffing off of a recent Kevin Phillips column (reg. req., sorry).
As soon as Democrats start selling access to anyone willing to write a check, they're lost. It's not that Democratic ties to their traditional supporters scare off voters; it's that Democratic reliance on their traditional opponents paralyzes them. This reliance makes it impossible for them to put forth the sort of policies that will truly differentiate them from the Republicans.
I'd also say that it's good news for the Democrats that some big money that had straddled the fence in the Clinton years has now gone over entirely to the Republican side. That's right. It's good news, but only if the Democrats learn the proper lessons (and some Democrats, like Joe Lieberman, seem unwilling to learn those lessons).
(continued in the next post)