Thursday, March 24, 2005

Think like a Republican.

Let's say you're a Republican. An issue explodes into the news, and your party is on the same side of it as the vast majority of the public - but the Democrats aren't. What do you do?

  1. Resolution. In every legislative body in the nation, you propose a resolution to affirm the popular side. If you're feeling cheeky, you also demonize the unpopular one.
  2. Law. In every legislative body in the nation, you propose a law to codify, affirm, and strengthen the popular side. You criminalize the unpopular one.
  3. Initiative. If your legislative body is intransigent - or, hell, even if it's not - you go to the people. You collect signatures to put an initiative on the ballot with the same effect as the resolution or law above.
  4. Recall. While you're at it, you collect signatures to recall those legislators who are on the unpopular side of the issue. You might not see a recall, but you're effort will let everyone know that their local lege isn't on their side.

Now, let's say you're a Democrat in the same situation. What do you do?

Judging by the Terri Schiavo case, nothing. Which is, more than anything else, why Democrats are in the minority.