BY MARY ANNA TOWLER
Two articles I read over the weekend contained some sound prodding for the White House and Congressional Democrats.
First, Michael Tomasky’s “How Obama Can Really Hurt the GOP,” from the Daily Beast. Tomasky, like a lot of Obama supporters, had assumed that the economy would improve enough to make it hard for a Republican to beat the president this November.
“Well,” writes Tomasky, “it looks like it ain’t going to happen.”
But, he adds, the economy and the Republicans have given Obama plenty of ammunition, and he’d better start using it.
Tomasky’s prescription: “tie all the Republicans together – Romney, congressional Republicans, and George W. Bush – and warn people about how much worse things could be.”
And I loved this quote from a speech by Walter Cronkite, cited in Chris Matthews’ Times review of Douglas Brinkley’s new biography of the CBS news hero:
“Liberalism isn’t dead in this country. It isn’t even comatose. It simply is suffering a severe case of acute laryngitis. It simply has temporarily — we hope — lost its voice…. But God Almighty, God Almighty, we’ve got to shout these truths in which we believe from the rooftops, like that scene in the movie ‘Network.’ We’ve got to throw open our windows and shout these truths to the streets and to the heavens.”
The quote is from a Cronkite speech honoring Texas Representative Barbara Jordan, a few months after Cronkite retired from his CBS news show, and shortly after George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential election.
Sadly, the number of liberals shouting their message has shrunk. And a political party that once had a strong streak of liberalism has been running from its liberal heritage.