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Justin Guillory’s op-ed in the N&O – “Embrace the future, North Carolina Democrats” – struck a theme you hear a lot these days from young Democrats:
 
The major upheaval in the Democratic ranks provides a unique window of opportunity for the party to turn over a new page and choose its next generation of leadership….
 
“Democrats need a fresh start in the midst of an unfamiliar political landscape. Today’s Democrats seem stuck in a rut. The same old politicians, with the same old ideas and the same old politics. Politically, it’s got them in a bind and they need to break out.”
 
Having been younger once, I agree. A party always needs new leaders and new ideas. Being older now, I have couple of questions:
 
First, is he talking about the candidates for Governor? Certainly, they don’t seem to excite him.
 
Second, is the goal just younger faces? Or an ideological shift – to the left?
 
There’s a different critique I hear from other Democrats – generally, older Democrats. They’re afraid the party is going to lurch left. And become anti-business.
 
They believe the party’s success for decades was built on a coalition of progressive activists and moderate business leaders. Yes, it was sometimes uncomfortable. But it won elections, and it led to, as Guillory acknowledges, “big thoughts and bold action.”
 
What divides Democrats today isn’t so much age as disagreement over this question: Is the old formula still right, or is there a new, winning formula that entails moving left, moving away from business and energizing new voters?
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dap916
# dap916
Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:28 PM
This pretty much says it all about how the "progressives" want this country to go:

"What divides Democrats today isn’t so much age as disagreement over this question: Is the old formula still right, or is there a new, winning formula that entails moving left, moving away from business and energizing new voters?"

"Moving left"....."moving away from business".

There is no other way to interpret that. Socialism or some semlance of it. WOW, Gary. You have given away the true direction democrats want to take this country in.

Horrible....just horrible. There is no other way to put it.


Carbine
# Carbine
Friday, April 27, 2012 10:31 AM
As long as I can remember (and that goes back well into the sixties) I've been reading commentary about how the Republican Party is moving/drifting/lurching (pick your verb) to the right. They said that when Reagan was president, they even said that when the first Bush was president, and they've been saying that ever since. "The Radical Right Republican Party" meme has become a permanent part of the background noise of American politics. And yet, election cycle after election cycle there they are, right in the mix of things, competing and often winning on the same platform of smaller government and greater individual freedom that Reagan (and for that matter Goldwater) endorsed.

The old North Carolina Democratic coalition of left-wing ideologues and moderate pro-business interests was only held together by the fact that Democrats controlled every branch of government. With that power, the D's could force business to play (and pay) along, while doling out just enough to the radical left (often no more than rhetoric) to keep them in the fold. Now that they've lost power decisively, the old-timers can no longer control the generation of spoiled, ingnorant, and angry leftist brats they've created. Nor can they extort money and political support from the business community as in the past.

The North Carolina Democrats will eventually rise again of course, but for now they are about as broken as a party can be. It is truely the end of an era, and I for one am glad of it.
dap916
# dap916
Friday, April 27, 2012 5:01 PM
Carbine.

YEP!

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