July 27, 2014
ONLY ALL OF US WIN THE BIDDING WAR:
Up From Greenwich : The New Republican Populism (Ross Douthat, JULY 26, 2014, NY Times)
[I]f the G.O.P. fully embraces the ideas its younger-generation leaders are pursuing, the Democrats could suddenly find themselves in a difficult spot. Liberals can theoretically outbid a limited-government populism, yes -- but given the fiscal picture, they would need to raise taxes significantly to do so, alienating their own donors, the middle class or both. And the immediate liberal critique of Ryan's new plan -- that it's too paternalistic, too focused on pushing welfare recipients to work -- harkened back to debates that the Democratic Party used to lose.
Democrats can't outbid a Third Way Republican Party without offering Third Way solutions themselves, so we all win.
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2014 11:20 AM