Republicans wondering if their party can recover from its current crises should find interesting Al From’s just released memoir, “The New Democrats and the Return to Power,” which tells the story of the Democrats’ recovery after Walter Mondale lost 49 states to Ronald Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. Ronald Brownstein’s informative review of From’s book in the Los Angeles Times (“Are Democrats complacent?”, Op-Ed, 12/6/13) describes longtime Democratic operative From’s creation of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), which was “…dedicated to recasting the Democrats’ agenda and restoring its political competitiveness.”
That last line should ring a bell with Republicans today. Does not the GOP need to restore its “political competitiveness?” From’s and the DLC’s efforts were spectacularly effective, culminating in the ascendancy of Bill Clinton, who had chaired the DLC as Arkansas’ governor.
Democrats before the DLC and Clinton’s rise were in as bad a shape as the GOP today. As Brownstein relates: “When From organized the DLC, the… Read More