July 8, 2010

WASN'T HE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO STILL THE WATERS?:

For Democrats, Debt Debate and Familiar Ring of Disunity (MATT BAI, 7/07/10, NY Times)


In case you’ve been out of the country for the last 25 years and were afraid that nothing had stayed the same, here are some current events you may find comforting: Bon Jovi is touring. The Russians are spying on suburbia. And Democrats in Washington are squabbling over the direction of their party.

The latest flare-up of Democratic disunity has to do with how the party should respond to an explosion in government debt. This is a serious policy debate, obviously, and something of a political one, too, since both sides also have in mind November’s midterm elections. But in a more fundamental way, the argument over fiscal policy represents the churning of a cultural fault line that has defined and destabilized Democratic politics pretty much since the onset of the Great Society. And President Obama is only the latest Democratic Party leader to find himself tossed about in the tremors.


Posted by Orrin Judd at July 8, 2010 5:37 AM
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