October 2, 2006


Ideas for Democrats? (Frank Rich, October 19, 2006, NY Review of Books)

The Good Fight: Why Liberals—and Only Liberals— Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again
by Peter Beinart

HarperCollins, 288 pp., $25.95
The Plan: Big Ideas for America
by Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed

Public Affairs, 205 pp., $19.95
The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats
by Gary Hart

Times Books, 206 pp., $22.00
America Back on Track
by Senator Edward M. Kennedy [...]

The Democrats are unlikely to be persuasive or coherent about national security or foreign policy—or perhaps to be listened to about much else—until they confront their own cave-in to Bush in his rush to war.

Whatever else he may be, Mr. Rich is, by virtue of his role as a Times columnist, one of the two or three most significant voices of the Left. So in a review essay in which he explores a series of recent books and their ideas for the Democrats to run we might expect to find more than just one idea, no? And what is that one idea?--that Democrats who don't or didn't oppose the liberation of Iraq do public penance for their sin. Even by the standards of the reactionary party that would seem a tad excessive. Wearing a hair shirt may be good for the soul, but it's not going to move the electorate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 2, 2006 11:48 AM

"until they confront their own cave-in to Bush in his rush to war" and rush to pass Patriot Act II, rush to build the border fence, rush to support the military tribunals, rush to accede to the terrorist interrogation bill. They have been rushing a lot lately.

Posted by: ic at October 2, 2006 2:48 PM

The final nail in the Times' coffin was when they opted to give a mediocre theater critic a political column.

It's the equivalent of idiot actors opining on politics.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 2, 2006 9:59 PM