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Sunday, January 25, 2004

What's wrong with Reagan Democrats?

Democratic complaints that Wesley Clark voted for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan ought to strike reasonable people as bizarre. Lots of Democrats voted for the Republican in those elections — and the Democratic candidate lost. Clark ought to say this up front: He is bringing people like him back to the Democratic Party. One of Clark's strengths is that he understands and shares many of the commitments that have led many Americans to vote for Republicans even when their economic interests lie with the Democrats. These people are the swing voters the Democrats need in 2004. Blasting Clark for not having voted for George McGovern or Walter Mondale strikes me as a perverse sort of liberal defeatism.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 25 January 2004 at 11:26 AM

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3 comments:

chutney:

January 25, 2004 11:47 AM | Permalink for this comment

I've long been skeptical of Clark's "Democratic credentials"--I'm now an increasingly reluctant Deanie. But this line of argument would put to the controversy to rest and whoop up on everybody at the same time. When does he start?

CA:

January 29, 2004 10:15 PM | Permalink for this comment

My qustion to Philocrites: If Clark starts (continues?) to fade who is his second choice?

Philocrites:

January 29, 2004 10:33 PM | Permalink for this comment

Clark is looking good in Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico. (And have people seen that the Arizona Republic endorsed Lieberman? What is it with publications with Republic in their name?) I'll reassess after next Tuesday's primaries, but Edwards looks really good, too.



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