FAIR slams the pundits for their free advice that Kerry screw his base (people of color, the working class, et al) – and puts it in historical context:

Both Walter Mondale in 1984 and Michael Dukakis in 1988 took the pundits’ move-to-the-right advice– with little notable success. “Democrats’ Platform Shows a Shift From Liberal Positions of 1976 and 1980” was a New York Times headline in 1984 (7/22/84). The selection of conservative Sen. Lloyd Bentsen as Dukakis’ running mate, wrote David Broder at the time (Washington Post, 7/14/88), “sent an unmistakable message to the activist constituencies of the Democratic Party that the days of litmus-test liberalism are over.” Of course, after both Mondale and Dukakis were defeated in landslides, the conventional wisdom was that they hadn’t moved to the right far enough.

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