Gone to the Dogs
The GOP is losing the dog wars to Obama.
Of course, Republicans will never fix their image problem until they fix their ideas problem. Hugging a Husky won't help if you still want to melt the polar ice caps. For all their talk of Joseph Schumpeter and creative destruction, conservatives have yet to realize the thrill of intellectual freedom that their current plight affords. It ought to be rejuvenating, like a new puppy.
After all, political bankruptcy is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shed crushing liabilities and start over from scratch. As George Orwell wrote in Down and Out in Paris and London, the greatest liberation is having nothing left to lose: "One talks so often of going to the dogs. And here are the dogs, and you are among them, and you can bear it."
So by all means, Republican Party, get an idea. And in the meantime, get a dog. It's a great way to make friends, and good company even when you don't.
Bruce Reed, who was President Clinton's domestic policy adviser, is CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council and co-author with Rahm Emanuel of The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America.E-mail him at email@example.com. Read his disclosure here.
Photograph of the Obamas and Bo by Win McNamee/Getty Images. Photograph of dalmatian puppies on the Slate home page by Digital Vision/Getty Images.