What does the Democratic Party stand for? No one seems to know, not even Democrats according to a recent report published by the Democratic National Committee. The report, authored by a group within the DNC called the Democratic Victory Task Force, states that “It is strongly believed that the Democratic Party is loosely understood as a long list of policy statements and not as people with a common set of core goals.”
The solution? The party plans to launch a “National Narrative Project” to help create a message to unify the party and provide voters with a “value-based” alternative to the GOP. Stop laughing.
The report actually contains within it one of the most salient and common critiques of the DNC – that the party is run by greedy consultants trained in corporate advertising and beholden to special interests. The declaration of opposing that all too familiar DNC dynamic is explicit (even if it rings a little hollow):
The national Democratic Party must never allow itself to become a party of Beltway consultants who routinely recommend cookie-cutter campaigns that are detached from the concerns of the people we hope to represent, at the city, state, and federal level.
In order to consistently win on every level, we have to reconnect with the reason we want to win—and that reason is the people. The national party must work with and help grow state and local parties, to empower the people to participate in politics, while recruiting and training the next generation of o?ce holders. Democrats must stand for the right of all eligible Americans to be able to register, to vote, and to have their vote counted fairly and accurately.
But political parties are undeniably fluid things that are constantly in flux and continually being reshaped and reformed. So if there genuinely is a reformist strain within the DNC looking for a new narrative perhaps they should stop staring into space and look at the policy proposals coming from the left. They have certainly been looking to the right long enough.