Incoherence has been the Democratic Party’s MO for a while now. Arguments are based on whatever sounds good at the time, and are free to change and contradict previous arguments as long as they promote the party and Dear Leader.
Not that Republicans can’t be equally guilty – when it comes to political parties, political pragmatism beats out principles more often than not. Republicans cave and then Democrats point and laugh at their hypocrisy. Yet the belief that a “moderate” approach will help Republicans win persists in spite of all the evidence.
Part of what the conservative movement is about is trying to get our politicians to realize that pragmatism and principle aren’t always mutually exclusive. When you operate with a focus on principle, you’re 1) less likely to make mistakes, and are 2) actually doing the right thing (what a concept!). Republicans wouldn’t have to buckle so much if they would actually bother to communicate their positions properly.
Despite their narratives unraveling in the past few months, one thing I’ve always admired about the Democratic Party is their tenacity and ability to stay on message. Of course it helps when the media is on your side, but Republicans need to learn a thing or two. I don’t want another McCain running in 2012.