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The Future of the Democratic Party: Which Way From Here?
Last Featured: 3/21/2005

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From FDR to LBJ Democrats stood clearly for a strong federal government that actively worked to meet the needs of Americans. Since then, Democrats have lost seven of ten Presidential elections and majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. As the party begins its search for answers, some want to pull the party to the right, others to the left. Still, others believe the losses are less about positions than positioning and call for simpler ways to communicate with voters. Which is the right way for Democrats to win back the hearts, minds and votes of a majority of Americans?

David Sirota is a fellow at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was the chief spokesman for Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and also served as the spokesman for Vermont Congressman Bernard Sanders. His daily blog can be found at www.davidsirota.com.

Susan Turnbull is the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Party. She is a founding member of the DNC's Women's Vote Center and has served on the DNC Executive Committee since 1997. She also serves as chair of the Montgomery County, Maryland Democratic Party and was chair of the Gore 2000 campaign in Maryland.

Henry Nicholas is the President of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. He was elected International Vice President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in 1989. He began his career as a health care worker in New York City.

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"Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible."

— George Orwell

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