Should an NDP government accept the right-wing meme that "the mainstream" and "the left" are always at odds?
Does it really make any sense for a future NDP government to buy into the notion of "the mainstream" that Harper and the Conservative press promote...the idea that "the mainstream" is always going to be sharply to the right of the NDP base, and that an NDP government must prove its "legitimacy" by making it clear that the NDP base will pretty much always matter less than those who are dismissive-to-hostile about the party's core values?
It seems like the party's strategists are waaay too invested in the notion that Canada will always be center-to center-right even if the NDP forms a government. This, as the current situation in Nova Scotia is demonstrating, seems pretty clearly to be the path to defeat and failure, or at the best, the reduction of any electoral victory to uselessness.
Wouldn't it be far, far more effective and give a future NDP governmnent far more confidence and freedom-to-maneuver for that government, rather than accepting the "the mainstream is always against us so we have to surrender" argument, to work instead from the assumption that any electoral victory actually is an endorsement of the party's core values, actually does reflect a true swing to the left, and might even mean that the NDP HAS, in fact "moved the center to us"?
Might the NDP be best off of all, as far as that goes, to simply reject the term "mainstream" at all and work from the assumption that Canada is, in fact, a nation of open-minded people who are just as open to left ideas as they are any other ideas?