LOS ANGELES: Crafting a cohesive message proved an imposing challenge for the Democrats at their convention because of an internal struggle between the party’s diverse liberal factions and the influential, centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), convention sources said last week.
LOS ANGELES: Crafting a cohesive message proved an imposing
challenge for the Democrats at their convention because of an internal
struggle between the party’s diverse liberal factions and the
influential, centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), convention
sources said last week.
DLC press secretary Matthew Frankel, however, disputed the portrayal of
his group as a dividing force, claiming that its communication strategy
helped the Democratic party make significant gains driving the last
eight years. He also claimed that the strategy does not side-step
traditional liberal themes.
’We want to extend the winners circle of the New Economy so that all
people can reap the rewards,’ Frankel explained.
The centrist/leftist clash wasn’t the only challenge the Democrats
encountered in Los Angeles last week. The Gore campaign, attempting to
appeal to all facets of the party’s support, continued to struggle to
present a unified message.
But Patricia Murphy, press secretary for Senator Max Cleland of Georgia
(one of the critical battleground states in the upcoming election), said
she does not consider the months between the primaries and the
convention a lost opportunity for the Democrats.
’I think we were running into voter apathy,’ said Murphy. ’I think (the
convention) was the first time for people to see what the Democrats are
Jubi D. Headley, Jr., director of public affairs for the United States
Conference of Mayors, attended both political conventions. He said his
group does not view the Democrats’ merging of civil rights and economic
prosperity agendas as mutually exclusive.
’Responsible economic policies must serve two purposes,’ he
’Job training enables workers to participate in the new economy, and
that stimulates the economic prosperity.’Headley added that he believes
the general public is still waiting to hear more from both parties.