Obama’s Attempts at a “New Governing Coalition” Could Sew Seeds of its Own Demise
Columnist E. J. Dionne (whom I have long admired) outlines what he calls the “Obama Center-Left Two-Step.” It’s worth reading. Obama is attempting (and apparently succeeding) at isolating the far right and creating a new governing establishment that includes moderate-conservatives, centrists, and liberals/progressives. But his way of doing this seems keep progressives permanently unhappy–and it depends on a tough foreign policy that, like the liberal establishment of JFK and LBJ, contains the seeds of its own destruction. It is a revival of “cold war liberalism” for a new era.
As Dionne points out, even if Obama is successful, this vision is BOTH hopeful and worrying.
P.S.: Of course, to hear most conservatives talk, liberals have actually run most everything all along despite (so the right claims) the fact that this is a “center-right nation” (extensive polling to the contrary) and the fact that from January 2001 to January 2007 far right Republicans controlled all three branches of the U.S. government. The right still controls most of the mainstream media while still talking as if the media has a liberal bias– a bias last seen about 1984.
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