The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

—From Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

After the Democrats finish their gnashing of teeth and chasing chimeras around the Ohio country, they need to ask themselves the hard questions. Maybe they should recite the quotation above until they believe it about themselves.

Some are doing it, but others are still in denial and some are living on Fantasy Island. That is the only explanation for the fact that Howard Dean is a serious candidate to head the DNC. He was too far left of even the Democratic Party. Wake up guys. The country needs two strong parties. There are plenty of opportunities for a middle of the road Democrat who is strong on defense and believes in personal responsibility. And there are plenty of Democrats like that. Next time just stay away from the Deans, Kerrys, Sharptons and probably Hillary Clintons, (although Hillary is such a chameleon that she may well fit the bill in four years.)

Consider this from Al Hunt, the Democratic leaning pundit from the Capital Gang and WSJ. “Denial is an impediment. One of the most prescient observers of American politics that I've ever known was the late Alan Baron. After the 1984 election, he advised his fellow Democrats to ask a central question: ‘Do you think an intelligent, well-informed, compassionate, open-minded, well-intentioned American could have concluded that Ronald Reagan's re-election was in the best interest of the nation in 1984?’ If the answer was negative, this one-time Democratic activist concluded, that politician ought to look for another line of work.”

Democrats should ask themselves the same question about George W. Bush. If they can't come up with a positive answer, they might really consider Canada, instead of just talking about it for four more years.

So, what kind of candidate are the Dems going to run?

Posted by Jack at December 20, 2004 5:23 PM