ABC Breaks Some No Shit News

According to ABC, the Democratic presidential candidates are moving to the left of even John Kerry in this campaign season; Making it very easy to placate their liberal base but very difficult for them to capture the moderate vote in 2008.

ABC News) In recent months, virtually the entire Democratic field has tacked left -- not just on the Iraq War, but on health care, taxes, energy issues and gay rights. In each of those areas, much of the field is standing to the left of where Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., stood in 2004, when President Bush lampooned Kerry as a "Massachusetts liberal."

"They're responding to the reality of the primaries, where the center of gravity is far to the left of the electorate as a whole," said Erik Smith, a Democratic consultant who is not affiliated with any of the 2008 candidates. "The discussion with the greater American public is just getting started. They have plenty of time to define themselves, but you don't come all the way back to the center."

The Democratic Party has a tendency to shoot themselves in the collective foot during election cycles. And from what I can tell, this cycle will be no different. Now, I may be relatively young... but I do know politics.

The problem for the Dems is that their base is insane. I say that with all seriousness...they’re insane! So I can somewhat sympathize with their tactics. The candidates have to (in their minds) pander to these people in order to be nominated. And they think, when the process is over, that they can somehow snap back into the realm of responsible governance. -of course, they can’t.

The American voter wants realism above anything else. It’s about realism. Yet, politicians have never figured this out. They think pandering, switching accents, and pretending to be down to earth is the way to go. There is no other way to explain it, then to say that our leaders think we’re stupid. The American people are cynical bullshit artists and if there’s one thing we know; it’s how to recognize bullshit.

Every time I see one of these candidates speak (both Republican and Democrat) I have the sinking feeling that this country is in deep trouble. I don’t see leaders when I look at these people... I see empty suits. -The country may be tired of Republicans but they sure as hell ain’t happy with Democrats. Especially not these candidates:

"Lots of people say, 'I want a Democrat,' but when they see the particulars, they say, 'I don't want that Democrat,'" said Jeffrey Berry, a political science professor at Tufts University. "The thing that's amazing about the Democrats is that they could still snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. The major Democrats are all now well to the left of the median voter."