Ira Glass asked a good question in an interview in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review:
Could someone please write a book explaining why the Democratic Party and its allies are so much less effective at crafting a message and having a vision than their Republican counterparts? What a bunch of incompetents the Dems seem like. Most people don’t even understand the health care policy they passed, much less like it. Ditto the financial reform. Or the stimulus. Some of the basic tasks of politics—like choosing and crafting a message—they just seem uninterested in.
I remember reading in The Times that as soon as Obama won, the Republicans were scheming about how they’d turn it around in the next election, and came up with the plan that won them the House, and wondered, did the House Dems even hold a similar meeting? Kurt Eichenwald! Mark Bowden! John Heilemann and Mark Halperin! I’ll pre-order today.
We don’t have time to wait for a book. Anybody got an answer?
Are Democrats too nice, too divided, too mealy-mouthed, or too willing to find shades of grey where our counterparts see the black and white of absolutes?
P.S. “shades of grey” is now ruined forever