I give Democrats who screw up a lot of crap. I think a lot of folks do, and there is one underlying reason for this: people expect Democrats to act better. Maybe it isn't even that, maybe it is that folks expect Republicans to act worse. I mean, not everybody can be born handsome and rich, right? That's why we have a Democratic Party (so said Zell Miller, back in the day).
So, I shall give (or reiterate) folks who I think make great Democrats, or places where Democrats are stepping up to the challenge of being the Opposition Party.
Our tour, of course, begins in the South.
I have already spoken at length about Representative and Candidate for United States Senate, Harold Ford Jr. from Tennessee.
And now I shall turn our attention to, Former Virginia Governor and soon-to-be President(ial Candidate) Mark Warner, who is stumping the South with gusto. Here's some of the good stuff:
Warner, an unannounced but unrelenting candidate for the presidency, is happy to help, urging Dixie's Democrats to break with the national party's Bush-bashing strategy and instead emphasizing bipartisanship and values. Warner is hoping big Southern victories in 2006 will prove that his Virginia success was a preview of things to come, not just a random stroke of luck in a region grown hostile to Democrats....I couldn't agree more. Notice he says can't 'survive' without the South. I want to really expound on that sometime in the future, but I think he is right on target. Without the South, Southern Values and Southern Fried Liberalism, the Democratic Party would be in deeper trouble than just losing elections.
...In speeches in the South, he preaches the blessings of bipartisanship. He rarely mentions the words "Bush" or "Republican" and only invokes his own party to say, "I'm proud to be a Democrat, but I'm prouder to be an American." There is "a wide swath of Reagan Democrats or independents who are up for grabs," Warner tells NEWSWEEK,...
...Warner is also telling Southern Democrats to go on the offensive on values issues and run against "cultural elitism"...
...Warner says Democrats can't survive without the South.
(some items embolded by HR)
As far as the elections are concerned, however, there are a lot of Republican voters and conservatives up for grabs as well. I don't want those voters staying home on election day, I want them at the voting booth and voting for Democrats. We won't win the South without some of those voters deciding to vote for the Democratic candidates, and without the South, even in the short term, we can kiss majoritarian dreams goodbye.