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Jewish World Review Nov. 18, 2002 / 13 Kislev, 5763

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Will the Dems destroy themselves if they stake out a left-wing position on issues? | Let me take a poke at the conventional-wisdom view that Democrats will destroy themselves if they stake out a left-wing position on issues.

In fact, it may be just what the doctor ordered.

The Democrats' biggest problem in recent years is that they have run away from their core argument, which is that government can be the chief engine for social harmony, prosperity and happiness. When Democrats tried to hide from the fact that theirs is the pro-government party, voters assumed they weren't secure in their beliefs or abilities.

The party got whomped on election day because its candidates were weenies -- afraid to confront the president on key issues.

Now, if the party of FDR moves left, it at least can mount a serious challenge of ideas.

Let's face it, Republicans have a miserable record when it comes to courting minority voters, women, and the poor. There's plenty of room for a vigorous opposition.

The moral of the story: Good for Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore. In politics ideas matter -- so viva la difference!

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