Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say
Bill Clinton gave an excellent read on the status of his party's health on values issues last night when he stated that neither party has a monopoly on values. What he meant to say was that the Democrats are having serious problems in the values department.
Now remember my post of earlier when I stated that the liberal Democrats do indeed have values. There is nobody who exists who does not have values. But the values to which they refer are conservative, American mainstream values...God, family, friends, work, and individualism. The Republicans have taken these values pretty seriously, even when they weren't popular and when their promulgation could cost an election (see Dan Quayle, 1992).
Zell Miller warned them that this tsunami was coming. They ignored it. And it appears that it was one of the chief reasons they lost this election was that they look down upon the values common to a majority of Americans.
The problem for the Democrats is that it is pretty clear that they are serious about the left wing values they have preached since the 1960s. Given that, they'd need to have an epiphany over the next four years for any claim that they share the core beliefs of mainstream America to stick. But when Howard Dean places Job in the New Testament, I somehow think that the Democrats will try running on other issues in 2008.
No, neither party has a monopoly on values because such things, by their very nature, cannot be hoarded. But they can be abandoned. So if the Republicans have a monopoly on them it's because the liberal Democrats let them.