The chance to check in at the Emerging Democratic Majority WebLog arose this evening and brought me to a welcome announcement of a new weblog developed to focus on Public Opinion and Political Strategy. The seasoned founders and co-editors of The Democratic Strategist are William Galston, Stanley B. Greenberg and Ruy Teixeira. The premier issue features a roundtable discussion of Jonathan Krasno’s essay on The Redistricting Myth. The participants include Ed Kilgore, Jerome Armstrong, Mark Schmitt, Alan Abramowitz and Thomas F. Schaller.
The co-editors perceived a critical need in the Democratic Community for:
…this publication because we believe Democrats must must begin to develop political strategies that look beyond the standard two- and four-year time horizons set by the American electoral calendar. Democrats must develop a set of concrete and coherent political strategies for regularly winning elections and over the longer term – perhaps over a decade or more – winning new areas of support and creating nothing less than a stable Democratic majority in the country.
Far from the uninformed perceptions of many, these experienced pollsters note:
For the last three presidential elections Democratic presidential candidates have come within one or two percentage points of winning an outright majority.
Right now there is no publication that brings together the latest solid research on public attitudes and social trends with extended, ongoing discussion of long-range Democratic political strategy.
We see The Democratic Strategist as the place where these two currents can meet. The Democratic Strategist will seek to publish substantial articles that draw strategic conclusions from the latest public opinion and demographic research conducted by the academic community and commercial public opinion polling firms as well as from the leading think-tanks and policy institutes across America. The Democratic Strategist will make a special effort to encourage academic researchers whose scholarly research in specific fields has clear implications for political strategy to revise and reinterpret their data for a broad audience of Democratic planners, strategists and policymakers.
We will also create a space for campaign professionals, public intellectuals, and campaign and partisan activists to reflect on current trends and discuss or write about new strategies and options. Our goal is lively publication, informed by real data and real experience, but focused on the future.
In playing this role, The Democratic Strategist will actively and energetically work to include all sectors of the Democratic community. While we as individuals have strong personal views, as co-editors of The Democratic Strategist, we will maintain a firmly neutral meeting ground for both centrists and populists, readers of The Nation and The New Republic, professional political consultants, grassroots activists and supporters of every significant candidate and perspective within the Democratic Party.
The Editorial Philosophy is a sound balance of inclusion and serious discussion.
The Democratic Strategist will be firmly and insistently based on facts and data. It will seek strategies rooted in empirical research from the fields of public opinion research, political demography and other social sciences and will avoid empty rhetoric and abstract theorizing.
The Democratic Strategist will be emphatically open to all sectors and currents of opinion within the Democratic Party. It will actively seek to be a meeting ground for both centrists and populists, readers of The Nation and The New Republic, professional political consultants, grassroots activists and every significant candidate and perspective within the Democratic Party. The Democratic Strategist will strongly encourage discussion and dialog and will not limit itself to any specific current of thought or point of view within the Democratic community.
This is yet another encouraging step towards making the Democratic Party stronger, more responsive and better prepared for the future. I sincerely hope this forward thinking project fulfills it’s ambitious goals and look forward to finding many good ideas and discussions on the site.
Update. Apparently I missed the premier issue. It is on strategies for the Democratic Party over the next decade.