Thursday, May 18, 2006

 

Change is Good

Short post today - I've been up to my eyeballs in real work and work on the new MNCR. It's finally ready for an alpha-phase looksee, if you're interested, but it's definitely going to change. From here on out, posts will be showing up here and there until I'm finally comfortable enough with WordPress and the remote hosting to cut over to the new site exclusively. If you have any feedback on the site theme, by all means, register to comment and let me know. It's a pre-packaged theme that I found in the WordPress codex, but i can tweak it here and there.

But that's not the point! The point of this post is this: Change is good. In several CD conventions over recent weeks, we've seen party leaders turned out on their ears for the sake of change. This is a good thing - if those who are most active within the party sense that their leadership is not doing enough to utilize the tools at their disposal, replacing those leaders provides an opportunity for fresh ideas to find their way into the political process.

Yet the Republican Party still clings desperately to that creaky old frame that Democrats are just angry and don't offer any new ideas. Here in Minnesota that's not so easy to do - ideas come out of the DFL-controlled Senate every day on how to improve the quality of life in our state. They're derided and removed from debate and vetoed by the House and the Governor, but at least they're out there. At the national level, however, this meme simply breaks down under the weight of its own pomposity. With a Republican President, Republican Senate, and Republican House, the logic of the GOP's digs at the Democrats clearly states "We may suck, but those guys over there aren't any better."

In desperate times, change can produce positive results all on its own, simply by bringing previously suppressed ideas, people, and leadership to the fore. I'm not so naive as to predict royal flush this November and a sweep of the Congressional elections, but I don't think it's a stretch to posit that, at very least, two of our four challengers have a very strong chance at picking up two seats for the Democratic House caucus. If seven or eight other states can say the same thing, we'll be in very good shape in November.

Comments:
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Blogger U-DFL said:
It is disappointing to see the abscence of the U-DFL blog (University of Minnesota college Democrats) on your blog roll. Yours was one of the few that linked to us.
 
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Blogger MN Campaign Report said:
My sincere apologies - I do read you regularly. I'll get you up there ASAP, but I was filling up my blogroll from memory. The same goes for anyone else who has appeared in the blogroll until now.
 
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