National political strategist -- and Eugene resident -- Dan Carol has posted a column at Huffington Post (where he regularly blogs) about what Democrats should stand for, proudly.
He argues against a single platform for all candidates:
I think that nationalizing the election is NOT the way to go if we want Congress and subpoena power back, and that any message beyond we need to restore "checks and balances" is pushing it with voters who are sick of both political parties.
In other words, forget one fixed recipe: we just need a solid menu of good ideas, themes and proposals for local Democrats to pick from and run on, in their own voice.
And offers up his specials for 2006 to help Democrats "move from weenies to winners":
Our hearts on our sleeve. A smart war on terror. Starting gate equality. Doing the math on government spending. A new vision of the Commons. Not left, or right, but forward.
Obviously, those bumper stickers aren't enough detail -- so head on over to Huffington Post to read the cogent arguments Dan makes. Discuss there, or discuss the Oregon context here.