Ted Van Dyk, a longtime aide to Sen. Hubert Humphrey now in retirement in his native Seattle, has some very good advice for his fellow Democrats.

While President Obama and those following his lead keep eviscerating Republicans, and while some on the Democratic left roll out fiscally ridiculous proposals like increasing Social Security benefits, Van Dyk says Democrats looking ahead to 2016 and after should be thinking about bipartisan fixes of major national policies --the approach many thought Obama was advocating in 2008 but which he utterly failed to follow once he took office.

Van Dyk takes a long view, looking way past current polling and far into the future. His article, posted on The Atlantic's blog, is clear-sighted and packed with wisdom. And, by the way, it's not bad advice for Republicans too. Do give it a read.