In the last presidential election, I was disappointed by the Democratic party's slogan, "For a Stronger America." Well folks, Bush and company have that corner of America nailed down tight.
My free advice to the Democrats is to take the following tack: "For a Smarter America." Personally, I've had enough of the stronger America. What's needed is smarter...not necessarily on a personal, but a systems level. Someone who understands how the federal government works (and doesn't), and who doesn't believe the Constitution died on 9-11.
I understand America doesn't like intellectuals nor elitists, and we often conflate the two. Hence why Adalai Stevenson and Hillary Clinton are losing tickets. Ditto John Kerry and Al Gore. Don't bring left-wing losers posing as centrists on board.
The candidate must communicate on an emotional, versus an intellectual level. He should reflect the core values that used to be the basis of the Democratic party--the workingman, the great middle class. GWB doesn't represent this America, coming as he does from the top 2% of the economically elite.
The Democrats must front a candidate that represents the majority of the people. W is only an ersatz workingman.What the Democrats need are hale fellows well-met--someone happy and smiling and perhaps, slightly smug, with some wily, someone like Joe Biden. (I'm not endorsing Biden, mind you. He's just an example.) Someone who is not dour, and who looks like an actor playing a politician. I am serious.
Americans identify with confident and cocksure. Dems should definitely go for that package, and hopefully find a little substance in the stuffing. America doesn't really care if they're right (=correct), as long as they are confident and project the aura of leadership. Being born-again wouldn't even be a requirement.