George Will writes that the "contours of the political landscape are becoming increasingly inhospitable to Democrats." He points out that the main pillars of the current Democratic party are higher taxes, more government, and anger against Republicans.
The reactionary nature of the Democratic Party in 2003 is eerily reminiscent of the election of 1972, in which the Democrats ran leftward and angry. They simply could not understand why the American voter had elected Richard Nixon in the first place and the primary theme of the Democratic side of the 1972 election was "shame on you America for voting for those evil, soulless Republicans!" It appears with the constant stream of anti-Bush invective, history is ready to repeat itself.
The Democrats are trying to pick up the liberal base they feel they lost in 2000 through Ralph Nader’s run under the Green Party banner. In so doing, they’re already alienating themselves with the much larger block of swing voters that will decide the next election. Moderates will look on this leftward swing and see a party whose bitterness makes them virtually unelectable. The Democratic Party’s sole interest in 2004 is defeating Bush, while all Bush has to do is take the high road and let the liberals and the moderate Democrats tear each other apart.
The Democrats need to come to the center to win the election, but the liberal activists who have taken the reigns of the party will hardly let that happen without a fight. It appears that the worst enemy for the Democrats in 2004 isn’t George W. Bush – it’s themselves.