Who is the "real" Democrat?
That is the question being asked in the Virginia race to run against Senator George Allen. However, the sentiments being raised in this Washington Post article might sound familiar to Minnesota voters.
"At the end of the day, when we were fighting in the trenches to defeat George Bush and George Allen in 2000, you weren't just voting for them, you were publicly endorsing them," Miller said to Webb.Webb, no shrinking violet, shot back, asking Miller: "Why did you donate money to [House Speaker] Dennis Hastert? I've never given money to a Republican in my life."
You could easily substitute Mark Kennedy for George Allen, James Webb for Amy Klobuchar and Harris Miller for Ford Bell! This race to the left is leaving a lot of centrist voters in both parties left with little choice. Many support the troops and the war, but don't support the NSA actions. Many support the economic goals of the GOP - smaller govenment and less taxes but are mildly pro-life. There are many variations...but the bottom line is this, party purity and strict die hard platform are not going to win you elections. The GOP has worked hard to diversify and seek out voters who have traditionally shunned them. Their outreach has worked! Retreating to the left is not going to win elections for the DFL.
It will be interesting to see where the delegates at this week-end's DFL convention go...will they move to the hard core left or will they take a step toward the center? We will know in a couple of days.
Cross posted at Ladies Logic.