Carol Platt Liebau: When Left is Center

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

When Left is Center

So the DLC -- flagship organization of "moderate" Democrats -- has tapped Hillary Clinton for a leadership post.

Perpetually conflicted (see disclosure at end of linked piece) LA Times reporter Ron Brownstein claims:

The appointment solidified the identification of Clinton — once considered a champion of the party's left — with the centrist movement that helped propel her husband to the White House in 1992.

Well, perhaps the wish is father to the thought, Mr. Brownstein . . .

But here's another way of thinking about it: Perhaps the Democratic Party has moved so far to the left over the past several years that a woman who once tried to nationalize one-seventh of the U.S. economy (via health care "reform") is now considered a "moderate."

And so much for her policy acumen: She still sounds pretty favorable toward the single-payer approach that has been deemed not only a failure -- but also a conducive to intolerable inequality -- up in Canada.


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