So read this "litmus test" for Democratic candidates from Daily Kos:
Does candidate 'distance himself' from the party and/or its leaders, or is he proud to be a Democrat?
Does he talk like a bureaucrat or like a regular person?
Does she make it clear that she opposes Bush and the Republicans?
Does she back down when the corporate press/media or Republican pundits attack him, or does she stand by her words?
Does he sleepwalk through the campaign, or does he act like he wants to win?
Kos goes on to add, "Notice the complete lack of ideology."
It is this lack of ideology, of which Kos is so proud, that spells certain doom for Democrats if the Kos-wing of the party is allowed to continually cow the party establishment, despite their minority status. The far-left has waged an anti-intellectual assault on liberalisms best thinkers, which has lead to this tyranny of obstructionism-as-ideology.
Note the wording of this litmus test: "Does she make it clear that she opposes Bush and the Republicans?" Oppose Bush and which Republicans? Tom DeLay? John McCain? Oppose them on what? The principles of preemption and democratization? Energy policy? Support for the Texas Rangers? Opposition to steroids? Everything?
And oppose them with what, exactly.
The fringe of the Democratic party isn't interested in any of these questions. But if the Democrats want to return to power, eventually this fringe will have to be cut loose, and not wooed.