Democrats Are Losing White Men

Poll Finds Democrats Lack Crucial Support to Beat Bush (washingtonpost.com)
The results of the poll are ominous, if you are a Democrat, but keep in mind it was commissioned by the DLC, which seeks to pull the Democrats to the center, and the election is still sixteen months away.

I personally think the DLC is wasting its time. The Democratic candidate closest to the middle is Joe Lieberman and he’s having a rough time campaigning and raising money because he doesn’t appeal to the party base, which is to the left, and controls the primaries. Also, the best thing the DLC had going for them was Bill Clinton, a phenomenal politician whatever else you may think of him, and he’s no longer eligible to run.

It takes an excellent politician to appease the left in the primaries and then move convincingly to the center for the general election. The Democrats don’t have an heir to Bill Clinton.

Dramatic erosion in support among white men has left the Democrats in a highly vulnerable position and unless the party strongly repositions itself, President Bush will be virtually impossible to beat in 2004, according to a new poll commissioned for the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).

The gloomy prognosis came despite evidence in the poll and in the assessments of Democratic elected officials attending the DLC’s “national conversation” here that the economy alone makes Bush vulnerable for reelection. But Mark J. Penn, who conducted the poll, said that the party’s image has regressed since former president Bill Clinton left office and that those weaknesses put Democrats in a weakened position.

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