I disagree with thecrack dealer here, because I don’t think the helpful Democrats he talks about want to remake the party in their image.
I think their constant offering of helpful advice is more about avoiding actual hard work and looking sexy to the crowd than anything else.
They’re the national political equivalent of the pain in the ass on the PTA committee who calls you up the day after your Christmas craft fair or whatever and says, “What we needed to do was THIS.” And by “we” she means you. Course, should you actually take her suggestion for the decorations or the invitations or the whatever, come to actually ask her to help, she’ll be nowhere to be found.
Every single organization on earth, every office, every school, every church council, every single association of more than two people includes at least one person like this. They don’t want to help, they just want to be superior to you. If you carried out every suggestion they ever had to fabulous success, they’d still call you up on Day Two post-victory and say, “What you should have done was THAT.” And you’d want to smash their heads in with a hammer, because it’s hard to respond to smug superiority in any way that derails it without resorting to physical violence, but it’s comforting, in a way, once you realize that’s what they’re good for, and can mine them for ideas and spare yourself the frustration of actually expecting them to work.
It’s not about improving the party for the “What Democrats need to do is THIS” set. It’s about appearing on the talk shows as the guy with the answers and counting on the peons to blame themselves, put on their hair shirts, and atone for not noticing how smart you were. Winning’s not a solution to this because it’s not about the contest, it’s about the egos of those giving the advice, and there isn’t enough salve in all the world to soothe those gigantic things.