Monday, May 08, 2006

Power Line Blog Does Some Comparative Analysis on the Washington Post's "Front-Runner" Series

The guys at Power Line ran a nice pair of posts yesterday comparing a couple of articles in the Washington Post's "The Front-Runners" series. I read Markos Moulitas's analysis of Hillary Clinton and Democrats over the weekend. Power Line's comparative analysis can be found here and here. Moulitas's take on the Democrats is a strange one, particularly his remark about how the party "atrophied" under Bill Clinton's two terms, killing off its liberal "Jesse Jackson" wing, which led eventually to the defection of the left's "digital netroots," and its backing of Howard Dean's failed primary campaign in 2004. Bill Clinton, of course -- as most real analysts know -- saved the Democrats from obscurity in 1992, and what they need now is another telegenic, great-communicating, centrist policy-wonk like him if they ever hope to win back the White House. Moulitsas may be great at web-based political organizing, but he won't be competing for David Broder or Ronald Brownstein's jobs anytime soon.


Gary said...

Actually, the clinton's, Billy Blithe and Hillary, are very much in the center these days ideologically .... they met campaigning for Barry Goldwater.

One of the biggest problems that i see in the USA today politically amongst the populace, is a lack of knowledge of history, law and science. Facts in general have become partisan.

There is one truth to any situation. It is important for us all to endeavor to find truth, and debate as needed to accomplish this goal.

Donald Douglas said...

Hillary, as far as the most recent take, has adopted centrism to coddle favor with both the American public and her Senate colleagues -- she even brings coffee to committee members -- talk about setting back the gender cause...You're right about the lack of knowledge -- it's pretty depressing, looking at a sea of blank faces when I ask my students if they know so and so. I agree on bias versus truth. J.S. Mill argued in "On Liberty" that free debate and liberty of opinion is the fundamental basis of free societies and human development.