Essay: Why The Left Keeps Losing

% The first thing a party does after it loses an election is round up the usual suspects. The Democrats' postmortem of the Dukakis debacle has produced a fairly standard list of fall guys. It starts with:

-- The candidate: cold, arrogant and weak. Funny, that's not what they were saying in Atlanta, when he was 17 points up, and where his absurdly praised convention speech led one giddy columnist to compare him with "the heroes of ancient Greece."

-- The handlers: too green, too smug, too Harvard. They lost it on tactics, it seems: poor timing, shifting themes, lousy commercials,...

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