I came across this nice article by E.J. Dionne about the kinds of issues that Democrats and other progressives should focus on. I still have to read over this article a bit more closely, but here is a nice quote that sums much of it up:
Compassionate conservatism was a brilliant slogan. By the same political logic, it is necessary to proclaim loudly and without apology that there is such a thing as progressive patriotism. A progressive patriotism would begin with a strong emphasis on service to the country. It would contrast itself to a radical individualism that rejects any idea of a common good. It would insist that a free republic will not prosper if too many of its citizens are deprived of opportunities, of health care, of education, of hope. It would declare that we are all in this together. That’s an old-fashioned idea that would offer a bold challenge to a status quo that is dividing, and failing, our country.