Interesting article in the Las Vegas Sun, describing the War Room that Sen. Harry Reid has set up to help the Democrats: Nice to see that the Dems are finally getting organized, and are on the attack for a change. However, Trent Lott and various other observers are not wrong when they say that the Dems still don't have their own message. It's fine to tear down Bush, but the Dems shouldn't be back-slapping themselves too much over his decline -- his idiotic policies were bound to collapse under their own weight. What the Dems have done well is point that out to the American people. That's not the same thing as having a message or a plan of your own. And that's the part I worry about. Because the Dems still aren't sure who they are. The "squishy middle" still dominates -- you know, the guys who the rest of us derogatorily think of as "Republican lite"; the guys who are willing to defend liberal values...as long as it doesn't offend any corporate interests. And then on the other side, there is the vocal minority of Dems who still admire guys like FDR. For better or worse, the Democrats are going to have to decide which kind of Democrats they are. For everyone's sake, I hope the "Republican lites" don't continue to dominate, because that's a losing proposition. Oh, they might win some elections, but they won't win the hearts and minds of the average working person...and thus, they won't have any "staying power". It's nice that Harry Reid & co. are taking the PR battle back to Bush...but I wish they'd pay as much attention to what the American people -- liberals, progressives and populists in particular -- want them to be.