The party of the people?

Interesting David Brooks column on what’s wrong with the Democrats (via Lessig)
Whether or not John Edwards is the answer, he’s posing the right
question: Why do a majority of Americans feel they can relate to
draft-dodging child of privilege George W. Bush, and not Al Gore or the
current Democratic contenders?  It comes down to trust, which
isn’t something you can create in focus groups. 

I think Edwards is right that the Democrats need a candidate who “real
Americans” feel a natural affinity for.  As Bush shows, though,
this isn’t just a matter of biography.  It’s also not enough to
have the right candidate if the rest of the party doesn’t change.