Democratic Leadership Council had target map in 2004

January 11, 2011 11:22

“The heartland strategy begins by choosing likely targets for Democratic gains. Let’s go to the map:”

The Democrat Leadership Council has an article in December 2004 by Will Marshal, President of the Progressive Policy Institute which includes the following:

“The heartland strategy begins by choosing likely targets for Democratic gains. Let’s go to the map:” [emphasis added]

DLC Target Map

“And by targeting these states and contesting them vigorously, Democrats would enhance the prospects of boosting their popular vote and sweeping more Senate and House candidates into office.” [emphasis added]

Marshall goes on to urge the leftist Democrats to disguise their appeal to fit with voters national security and moral concerns:

“And to craft messages with proven heartland appeal, the party should pay special attention to the Democratic governors who have thrived in several target states: Mark Warner of Virginia, Tom Vilsack of Iowa, and Bill Richardson of New Mexico.

But more than anything else, a heartland strategy must grapple with the two biggest obstacles to Democratic success in the red states: doubts about the party’s stances on national security and moral and cultural values.”

“Yet Democrats ought to be able to oppose the political agenda of religious conservatives — on abortion, on school prayer, on homosexuality — without dismissing people of faith in general as hopelessly “retro.” They ought to be able to defend the establishment clause and religious liberty without getting in bed with the secular absolutists of the ACLU. It makes little sense for Democrats to be estranged from people of faith when their “base” consists of so many of them — including many African Americans, Latinos, Jews, members of mainline Protestant congregations, and, yes, even some “freestyle evangelicals.”

Just as religious advocates of the “Social Gospel” infused early 20th century progressivism with moral fervor, Democrats should couch their social initiatives in the language of faith and morality.”

All part of the propaganda effort of the left. Demonize the opposition and lie about your real positions.

~ Editor

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