October 4, 2010

IT'S LONELY ATOP THE UNICORN THESE DAYS:

A Man for All Factions (ROSS DOUTHAT, 10/03/10, NY Times)

For decades, the Democratic Party was torn by civil war.

On one side was the liberal left — populist in economics and dovish on foreign policy, in favor of lavish spending programs and suspicious of big business, and hostile to any idea that seemed to give an inch to the conservatives. On the other were the moderates and centrists — pro-market and pro-Wall Street, inclined to tiptoe rightward on issues like crime and welfare, and hawkish about deficits and dictators alike. [...]

Once campaigning gave way to governing, it was inevitable that one faction or the other would be disappointed. But lately, Obama has managed the more difficult feat of alienating both of them at once.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2010 5:02 PM
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