One thing which I cannot stand are political pundits on television. A few are exceptions, but all in all, I find that what they spit out usually came from someone else's mouth.
What is being espoused as the Democrats' only hope of beating George Bush is to campaign in the South. It is usually a Republican who says this (Newt Gingrich on C-SPAN last week) and then is taken up as a talking point by the Democrats. There is a self-defeating aspect to receiving the agenda from Republicans, then going point by point to refute everything. That takes entirely too much time and too many resources to do.
Republicans co-opting the liberal platform hasn't helped either. By taking the issue over, they force Democrats to explain why something they have fought for is bad. No matter what you see on CNN, this co-opting does not anger Bush's base. They are either blind adherants to his policies, whatever they may be, or they know he is not a liberal, so his policy in fact benefits them.
So this misguided attempt at a "Democratic Southern Strategy" will not bring them the White House. Even in Southern states with a large minority population, voter apathy and disenfranchisement keep them from being real voice of the Democratic party. Leave the South to the Republicans.
The real battle is going to be in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah and Colorado. With the growing latino population, those states must be Blue. There is no reason for any of those to be in Republican hands. They will try to consolidate their power in California with the new governor. Hopefully the distance between the president and Californians during the recall will work to our advantage.
One of the things I really don't like is the candidate bashing going on in the Democratic primaries. When Al Sharpton criticizes the other candidates for being anti-Black (something I read on the ticker on FOX News) it takes away from the black voters from the Democratic base. Al is a nice guy, but he is the only one who thinks he has a shot at the nomination. All he is really serving to do is fracture the party when unity is all that matters.
I've tried to reason out why the Democrats would hold onto this "Southern" notion. The only reason I can come up with is that they are just not political animals. They do not understand the concepts of framing the agenda correctly; they just seem to argue with whatever Bush says. That may or may not energize you base. It will not energize swing voters.
Cohesive leadership and an energized base are on the road to the White House, and I just don't see that happening right now.