By Irene Starkehaus -
During the 1988 Democrat Convention held in Georgia to nominate Michael Dukakis for the presidency, America was coming off one of the most popular and successful presidencies of the 20th Century and the Democrats were in a quandary as to how to woo voters back to the dark side of the political spectrum. Reagan had been unusually successful and probably could have won a third term had he been allowed to run.
Regardless of growing memory lapses, he truly was loved and respected by a large percentage of the population. I doubt that he would have done worse in that state of diminished capacity than his successors did. At any rate, the Democrats were then what the Republicans are now. Paralyzed…without a clue as to how to ever win the White House again.
Seeing as how Michael Dukakis had sort of a Brezhnevian vibrancy about him (and that certainly wasn't helping the progressivist sell job, don't-cha know) the Democrats decided they needed to focus on optics rather than on the substantive failures of socialism as a way of winning back the White House. Instead of taking an inventory of what had worked during the Reagan Administration and adapting their strategies to meet America's socio-economic needs, the Dems figured that the more pertinent concern was how to make Old Glory photograph better. The flag was transformed from red, white and blue to pink, cream and baby blue because the muted colors looked better on TV.