August 29, 2009

LIBERATION DAY:

An Example for the Future Or an Icon of the Past? (Alec MacGillis and Ann Gerhart, August 29, 2009, Washington Post)

Today, although they control Congress and the White House, Democrats are suffering from a crisis of confidence. Having spent years running from the "liberal" label, many fret over how far to push Kennedy's signal issue, health-care reform that would bring medical insurance to every American -- now the centerpiece of President Obama's domestic agenda.

Kennedy's death this week has left Democrats debating just what made him so successful -- his public embrace of liberalism or his political skill and the relationships he built with opposition lawmakers -- and about whether his approach might be translated to help Democrats regain their footing.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants Democrats to renew their commitment to unabashed liberalism. "Voters want the real thing," he said.


American voters in particular don't want the real thing, but what's revealing is that neither do voters in Canada, England, Australia, etc. This is an opportunity for liberals to modernize their views in the way that other Labour/Left parties in the rest of the Anglosphere have.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2009 6:22 AM
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