“The underlying problem here is, there is no call to arms that the Democratic Party is making to the country,” said Mr. Carville, the architect of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign win. “We’ve got to reassess ourselves. We’ve got to be born again.”
This is encouraging. It’s not the shrill “Half of America is stupid or evil; time to flee the country!” response, nor the “Karl Rove tricked voters about Kerry’s stances” excuse, nor the “It’s all leftover support from 9/11 and the WoT” excuse. It’s responsible, introspective, and constructive. Carville recognizes that the problem lies with the Democratic _message_, not the candidates, the current geopolitical issues, or the delivery of that message. The Democrats missed it. The message is not what it ought to be.
Bob Shrum goes on to say, in the same article
“Some of the stuff I read is not going to happen,” Mr. Shrum said. “The Democratic Party is not going to be better at competing with the Republican Party at being anti-gay. And frankly, I wouldn’t be in that party. I would leave that party.”
That’s disappointing, but at least the men mentioned in this article understand the need for reform. You won’t get back in power by being “Anybody But Bush”, nor by alienating over half the voters by calling them stupid, nor by embracing a seemingly unrelated set of sometimes extreme positions.