The real question people at the DNC should be asking is how a union member and a moderate has gotten so disillusioned with the Democrats.
1 Lose the blame America first crowd Move ON , Answer , Code Pink and the National Lawyers Guild loose more votes then they bring in. Send the Senator from Chapaquidic into retirement. Under no circumstances nominate a candidate who has become the symbol of appeasement John Kerry , Tom Harkin are going to get the same results. Hilliary Clinton is a lightning rod and another recipie for disaster. Govenor Richardson would be a great candidate without the bagage . Think of a Govenor outside of NJ as your next candidate.
2 Come up with a peace plan that acknowledges the reality of the terrorist problem. What we have now is obstructionism, monday morning quarterbacking and colaberation with fringe groups that belong on the sidelines like David Duke nuts.
3Talk about the little guy and offer real solutions. Loose the PC taxes that are regressive and hurt working people Gas taxes are a tax on the poor. Cigarette taxes are way too high and lets stop taxing beer. Regressive taxation is an abomination.
4 Medical Insurance reform . Lets remove the lengthy legislation on HMO and allow them to offer plans tailored to the consumer. More choices for the consumer should be the goal. I do not want or need aroma therapy so let me purchase a policy that does not offer it.
4b Certain people with expensive illnesses belong out of the risk pool and should be dealt with nationally. Catostrophic illnesses like AIDS , Stroke survivors and some Cancer Patients should be assigned federal health care . Most end up being paid for by the tax payer at some point anyway.
5 Tort and Product liability reform. It is time to reign in a legal system that is out of control.
6 Embrace a compromise on the Gay Marriage issue. Lets have civil unions and a law acknowledging that Churches do not have to admit gays as members or leaders or perform ceremonies that violate their teachings. A church has freedom of association and a right to follow its teachings so long as they are non violent. IN short a church is not Walmart and shoul be treated differently. There is no reason a gay employee in proper attire can not do a job at Walmart. Churches, Mosques etc have every right to determine their membership. Some will admit gays and others won't but who is a member of a Church is for the members and leaders to decide not DC.
7 Stop the anti religious foolishness and get real. Falwell and Robertson are not terrorists. Calling religious Christians stupid and brainwashed is arrogant.
8 Embrace the accademic bill of rights as an RX for campus extreemism. Professors should not be granted tenure or treated any differently then CPAs or attorneys. Professors of social science classes produce dubious scholarship that is often of zero value to society. More focus on education less on scholarship and a change in the liberal arts base from 64 credits to 32. These classes will be replaced by computer and business classes. Every student should have a class in computers, accounting and marketing.