PoliAnnotation Quote of the Hour
This is James Carville, as quoted in The Australian:
"I had hoped and thought we [Democrats] would do better, but we didn't and as a party we need a lot of reassessment right now.The Democrats have had as many reassessments since 1980 as has JF Kerry. The latest was a quick dash left at the national level. Is Nancy Pelosi's job thus in jeopardy? Probably not, but they ought to keep Harold Ford in mind.
"We didn't do that well in 2000, we didn't do that well in 2002 and we haven't done that well in '04, so I think it's necessary that we go through some tough times now and look at what we're doing and where we're going as a political party."So they're finally taking Zell Miller's advice.
An interesting (if obvious) observation by Carville, but I don't think anyone in the Democratic Party at the national level can really diagnose their problem. If reform is going to come to the Democrats, it's going to work its way up from their state organizations; the national organization is just too corrupt, too cocooned, and too captive to big-money special interests.
The Titanic has hit the iceberg and is taking on water. If they run true to form, the national Democrats will appoint a new captain (Hillary?) and try to convince the passengers that the seawater swirling around their ankles is actually the pier in New York. It's the formula they've used since 1994 when they started their slide.