Friday, October 07, 2005

Good Advice for Democrats

William A. Galston and Elaine C. Kamarck, who worked in the Clinton White House, have released a report in which they urge Democrats to appeal to moderate voters, rather than attempting to energize their partisan base.
Their basic thesis is that the number of solidly conservative Republican voters is substantially larger that the reliably Democratic liberal voter base. To win, the argument goes, Democrats must make much larger inroads among moderates than the GOP.
As a moderate, I agree with this approach. A Democratic presidential candidate who reaches out to swing voters can win an election, as did Clinton. A candidate who appeals to the MoveOn.org, Michael Moore, DailyKos crowd will alienate a lot of centrists. The Clinton model is the road to success.