DEMS IN TROUBLE?
George Will believes the Democrats are in trouble because of changing demographics, their own tinkering with the campaign finance laws, and an antipathy to the rich upon whom they ironically depend. The writing is not typical Will and is thus choppy and rather difficult to excerpt. His points are basically:
Will is certainly right on the issue of the soft money ban, at least in the near term. I suspect the Democrats will adapt–or figure a way around the law–in the long term. And that’s presuming the Supreme Court won’t strike it down. I also agree with the corollary argument about the Democrats and their relationship with the rich.
I’m more skeptical about the short-term pressure for Social Security privatization, which seems unlikely right now since the stock market bubble has burst. And I think the “out” party is always reactionary; the same charge was leveled against the GOP in the 1970s and 1990s.