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Liberals Find Community — And That Could Be Big

Like the Tea Party right, liberals are flocking to their own media campfires for warmth, talking points, and calls to action. The Tea Party’s membership was never huge in numbers, but the movement knew how to turn communal passions into political clout. Members jeered politicians and joined enthusiastic protests. But their real power came from marching as a group to party primaries and other elections that less engaged voters ignored.

April 6, 2017
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Dumb Bigots Vs. Typical Liberals: The High Cost Of Political Tribalism

Very broadly then, the center appears to be holding. And while I yield to no man in my visceral contempt for Donald J. Trump, I’ll be very surprised if Congress enacts his anti-community budget cuts. Trashing cartoon liberals is one thing; shutting down Meals on Wheels quite another. As for cartoon conservatives, Democrats should keep in mind that bringing back even five percent of Trump voters would constitute a revolution.

April 6, 2017
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Why We Shouldn’t Let Resentment Define Us

It’s a fallacy to believe progressives can fix America’s acrimony by changing their attitudes. I am all for reaching out. But it helps to have someone else reaching back.

March 13, 2017
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The Unholy Crusade Against Political Correctness Was All The Cover Trump Needed

To be sure, liberal “identity politics” has sometimes thwarted the open inquiry and expression that liberal education and democracy should defend, and it has sometimes diverted effective responses to the serious threats to freedom that are now upon us. Why not direct the next crusade against those creeping threats to our liberties?

January 2, 2017
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Do Republicans Really Have Happier Marriages? Probably Not

A study by two sociologists supposedly proved that Republicans have happier marriages — but a much larger study showed that the country’s reddest counties have the highest divorce rates.

August 27, 2015

Murdoch Empire Colludes With ‘Liberal Media’ To Promote ‘Clinton Cash’

The partnership between HarperCollins, Fox News, and the nation’s two leading newspapers amounts to an open declaration of war in a presidential election.

April 20, 2015

Correction: Obama Is Not A Liberal

Obama ran as a liberal Democrat in the 2008 presidential primary, edging out centrist Hillary Clinton from the left. But Obama is not a liberal.

April 10, 2015

The Unpolarized Moynihan

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan was someone who managed to live on both sides of the ideological divide and still kept his own thinking coherent.

April 9, 2015

Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role In Party’s Message

The Democratic Party’s leftward lurch has left the New Democratic Coalition behind.

March 3, 2015

Chicago’s Rahm-Chuy Show

Has Rahm Emanuel lost the left once and for all?

February 25, 2015

Clinton And 2016 Raise Other Questions Beyond ‘Will She Or Won’t She?’

Democratic insiders worry that Hillary Clinton could face pressure from both liberals and centrists.

January 1, 2015
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Liberals Rise, But At A Cost To Democratic Party

Will Democrats face the same type of divisions that have plagued the GOP for the past six years?

December 29, 2014

Liberal Or Conservative? Brain’s ‘Disgust’ Reaction Holds The Answer

Your political beliefs may not be as rational as you think.

October 30, 2014

Partisans Segregate Themselves In Separate News Universes, Study Finds

A Pew Research Center project has shown that conservatives and liberals revolve in their own separate media and news universes.

October 21, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren To Liberals: I’m Fighting Back

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau DETROIT — Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wowed a friendly crowd of influential liberal activists Friday in Detroit, pledging to fight against Republicans and the “sleazy lobbyists” she says have rigged the rules in Washington and harmed the middle class. Warren took the stage in a crowded ballroom to calls […]

July 18, 2014

The Vital Incoherent Center

WASHINGTON — Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third party are destined to be disappointed. Here’s another: Groups broadly sympathetic to the Democratic Party significantly outnumber those sympathetic […]

June 30, 2014

Conservative Tide Continues To Ebb, Particularly On Social Issues

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON—Self-professed conservatives have long outnumbered liberals in America, but the gap has narrowed significantly in the last four years, particularly on social issues, a shift that could harm GOP prospects in future elections. On social issues, the number of people who identify themselves as liberal is now almost equal […]

May 29, 2014

Poll: Number Of Liberal Americans Hits All-Time High In 2013

The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as “liberal” has reached an all-time high, according a Gallup poll released Friday. The poll finds that 23 percent of Americans self-identify as liberal, the highest such number since Gallup began measuring ideology in the current format in 1992. That figure, while rising, still lags far behind the […]

January 10, 2014