In other news, the Daily Show is in reruns all week long. Jon Stewart must be taking his stand-up on the road this week. Like he doesn't make enough money!
This is an interesting story. It turns out moderates are favoring talking about social justice issues and backing away from the sexual rhetoric.
Former Rep. Tim Roemer, a member of the 9/11 commission and a moderate from Indiana, failed to gain support for party chair because he backs restrictions on abortions.We need to articulate our message better in the red states to gain back Blue Democrats that are more in tune with Zell Miller than Ted Kennedy. I should note that Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida referred to retired Senator Zell Miller as a PROGRESSIVE GOVERNOR. Also, it should be noted that Howard Dean, when Governor, was farther to the right then Zell Miller. Can somebody say flip-flop?
In the process, Roemer and other moderates reminded liberals that Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are trying to turn the values debate away from sexual issues — gay marriage and abortion rights, for example — and toward "social justice" issues, such as Social Security.
Democrats have not learned the lessons of the 2004 elections, said Larry J. Sabato, of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. "They are not going to be winning their next presidential election until they get the message about social issues in the 'red' states."
The Democrats' search for a vote-winning strategy is being watched closely by Gary Bauer and other conservative activists.
From the Kansas City Star:
Bayh's centrist credentials combined with his eight years as governor of red state Indiana and his good looks make him one of a handful of candidates who could be the alternative to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.That's right, Hillary! You're going down! You ain't gonna get past the United States Senate floor except for maybe a cabinet position!
A Bayh source: "If she is a candidate, she will be a strong candidate but history tells us that there will be an opening for someone else in the case where there is a strong front-runner."
Natalie Portman is missing the Oscar nominees lunch for those up for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress. I personally hope that this is not an omen for the awards show on February 27, 2005, when Natalie Portman wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress!