IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT DEMOCRATS. "Thus the 2002 election, insofar as it carries a message, would seem to confirm that Republicans still have the energy and the edge when it comes to defining the national agenda. It's an advantage that will have to be carefully nurtured, which can be frustrating to conservatives eager for change. But it does suggest that the Democratic desire to prove that the election of 2000 was stolen has failed. Voters are clearly ready to move on, in the immortal words of Bill Clinton. And for President Bush, that's a major triumph," writes Thomas J. Bray. There's a simple explanation for the Democrats bringing Senators Lautenberg and Mondale out of retirement: it's their core demographic. There isn't much in the farm system at the moment, as Democratic policies have been hell on younger Baby Boomers and older Thirteeners, but the Silent Generation have done well by them, particularly in the hiring of young experts during the Great Society years, and Social Security and Medicare in retirement. But the Democratic message reminds me a little of Bart Starr after the Lombardi years ended, enduring injury after injury in the hopes of bringing the Packers just one more glory year.

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