The Democrats' Real Problem

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The Democrats' real problem is that they have failed to show how their critique of the Republican status quo is the essential first step toward the alternative program they will owe the voters in the presidential year of 2008. This failure has made it easier for Republicans to cast anti-Bush feeling (aka, 'Bush hatred') as a psychological disorder. The GOP shrewdly makes the president's critics look crazed and suggests that opposition to Bush is of no more significance than, say, the loathing that many watchers of 'American Idol' love to express toward Simon Cowell, the meanest of the show's judges. The president's critics need to identify precisely why they oppose him, not only so they can make clear that they are not psycho basket cases but also to convey the idea that they know what needs to be put right.

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