I will be posting, a bit later, a long compilation for the "Ostrich Papers" for folks to ponder over the weekend.
As promised, this one tries to compile a comprehensive set of wake-up accusations that are parsed in a particular way, meant to pillory decent-but-obstinate Republicans, by demanding "What would you have done or said if Bill Clinton and the Democrats had..." And then fill in the blanks.
What I could use from volunteers would be:
1) Anything I missed? Suggestions welcome.
2) Links that substantiate some of the items that currently aren't.
3) Suggestions where else this piece might go.
I currently plan to Kos-serialize it, even though I have been disappointed by the reader numbers over there.
It seems a worthy effort. Alas, it seem clear that very few people - and fewer democratic leaders - feel, as I do, that the key to all this is moderate and decent Republicans.
To me, it seems inescapable. Every "ostrich" who comes over will come over MAD! And he or she will infect other Dole-Goldwater types with the same anger toward the gang that has hijacked their party. Moreover, some will be people of influence, possibly rich persons or civil servants or officers capable of blowing whistles. They would legitimize any moderate democrat president and help to de-legitimize neocon fanaticism. Helping to end culture war.
And, as a bonus, aggressively seeking out these people would go right to one wing of Karl Rove's base, forcing the gang to spend time and energy defending it, making peace offerings to Dole-types that are sure to anger OTHER parts of their base.
Can anybody else see the win-win in this strategy? Or else show me how it's wrong?