posted on May 05, 2009 11:40
Carter blogged (see below) about a possible opening for Republicans: that Obama, Perdue and Democrats become seen as too liberal.
As I’ve argued before, if the economy comes back it won’t matter whether people think Obama is liberal, conservative, socialist or fascist.
But uber-consultant James Carville has a new book – 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation – that takes the argument even farther.
Even allowing for Carville’s over-the-top exuberance, he may be on to something. After all, it took Republicans nearly 50 years to recover ideologically from Herbert Hoover.
(The two Republican Presidents elected between 1932 and 1980 avoided ideological arguments. Eisenhower took on his own party’s conservatives, and Nixon was blessed by Democratic division and blunders.)
Carville says there are three reasons “why the Republicans are going to get spanked over and over:
- “They’ve destroyed the myth of conservative competence.
- “They’re corrupt.
- “They’ve lost the culture war.”
Michael Dukakis was the last politician who claimed competence was more important than ideology. That didn’t work out so well.
What has changed now is the economic collapse – combined with the Iraq War and Katrina. The Republicans appeared to be incompetent. Inevitably, their ideology looked incompetent, too.
Now, if people decide Obama and the Democrats can manage the economy, war and government with competence, they’ll grant a lot of leeway on ideology.
We are a practical people. Our mantra is “What works?”
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