The Democrats, after all, have no hope of getting any of these things passed over the next four years. Especially since House Speaker Dennis Hastert has already declared that no bill will get by the lower chamber unless it has the support of a majority of Republicans. So the Democrats don’t need to craft bills that hew closely to political reality. Like Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite, they can promise that “If you vote for me, all of your wildest dreams will come true.” So on education, for instance, they could have proposed universal preschool. On voting reform, they could have promised to abolish the electoral college, or eliminate gerrymandering. On budget reform, they could have vowed to “end corporate pork as we know it”. What? These things will never happen, you say? Who cares? The goal of an opposition agenda isn’t to get stuff passed through Congress; the goal is to define what the opposition party stands for.
Possible Slogan: Vote Democrat- We’re not serious about ANYTHING!
I hope they do it, though. I can’t wait to see the cognitive dissonance when they start bitching about budget deificits after rolling out this platform.
By contrast, when the GOP was out of power, they drew up a list of attainable goals and named it the Contract With America and were swept into power. But really- Democrats are the ‘reality-based’ party. Just ask them.