Dionne on the Dems.
Don’t forget, readers, we post content to the main site too. Today’s offering: E. J. Dionne Jr. on the Democrats’ chances in November: “The Power of Negative Thinking.”
Democrats have come up with a loud “no” of their own, asking voters to reject the Republican past one more time to avoid moving the country backward. The president makes this case by providing some reflections on driving. “When you want to move forward in your car, what do you do? You put your car in ‘D,’” he says. “When you want to go backwards, you put it in ‘R’—back into the ditch!”
It’s a nice line, but will it get enough of his party’s supporters to drive themselves to the polls? What’s missing from the Democrats’ campaign is a willingness to raise the stakes of the election. That may be the only way to inspire the party’s own supporters and move those independents still open to persuasion.
The principled case that must be made is that the brand of conservatism seeking power this year is irresponsible, incoherent, and untrue to the best of its own traditions. That’s clear enough at the most basic level of policy: Conservatives can say that they are deeply worried about deficits, or they can insist that tax cuts matter most. But when they say they can reduce taxes and trim deficits at the same time, they are either deluded or deceptive, and they are playing voters for fools.
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