If your view of politics is filtered by a lens marked "Progressive" or "Liberal", there's a pretty good chance that you've been gnashing your teeth and pulling your hair in frustration over the "give away the store, then negotiate" approach professional Democrats have used when facing the challenges from the Tea Party last year, and all that's come after.
Over and over and over people like me have written stories wondering why Democrats, starting with this President, don't get out in a very public way and slam Republican policies, over and over and over-especially when most Americans hate the things Republicans seem to love to support.
Turning over Government to the highest bidder?
Not so popular.
Going back to a heathcare system run by, for, and of the insurance industry?
Again, not so much.
Jacking up taxes and healthcare costs for you and me in order to provide another trillion in tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires?
So unpopular pollsters hardly believe it.
But there is another way, and today's story is in two parts: we're going to talk about how hard it is to get Democrats, as a group, to get loud and get aggressive-and then we're going to talk about Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who is out there showing any reluctant Democrat just exactly how you can "grow the brand".
This is just a quick entry as I rush to another event.Here's the other star of Tuesday night (Hilary being the first), Brian Schweitzer. I'll have more on Brian. He's speaking tomorrow morning at the Politico series at the Denver Athletic Club. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Sirota has a piece on the Governor also. http://www.theittlist.com/ This is a different kind of populism than John Edwards and Kucinich. Will this work?
Of course, I'm writing this as I am fanning myself with my "Clean Coal Fan" having just been surrounded by pink pigs who are advocating solving global warming by all of us stop eating meat. Oh dear. That's the Democrat's Big Tent. Speaking of which, I'm off to the Big Tent soon to hear Glenn Greenwald on the Dark Court.
I continue to be grossed out by the number of lobbyists here who far outnumber delegates.