Why Can't the Democrats Get Tough


| March 15, 2002


Why Can't the Democrats Get Tough?, Paul Glastris, Washington Monthly
The Bush White House is partisan, imperial and ruthless, writes Paul Glastris in the Washington Monthly, but it's not invulnerable. So why have Democrats become nonconfrontational wimps with seemingly little fight left in them? One reason, suggests Glastris, is that without the White House, Democrats lack a focal point of power. But Glastris also argues that the problem is a difference of partisan fury, most notably seen in how the two parties use the media. The liberal press looks to validate ideas and status by presenting all sides of an issue fairly. The conservative press doesn't pretend to be in the business of presenting an issue objectively; it is only interested in promoting its side successfully. It is in that ruthless attitude toward partisanship that the Democrats need to stop worrying about words and actions if they are to regain any sort of political voice. Because when the cause is just, Glastris argues, partisanship is something that the average American can admire.
--Kate Garsombke
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