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The Nation Rationalizes

Believe it or not, Katrina Vanden Heuvel is exactly right:

President-elect Obama is a centrist at a time when centrism means energy independence and green jobs and universal health care and massive economic stimulus programs and government intervention in the economy. He is a pragmatist at a moment when pragmatism and the scale of our financial crisis compel him to adopt bold policies. He is a cautious leader at a time when, to paraphrase New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, caution is the new risky.The great traumas of our day do not allow for cautious steps or responses.

These days, your designation as a conservative, centrist, or liberal only clarifies your ranking on the Sierra Club donor chart. Vanden Heuvel may think all this redefinition is consolation, but her tune should change when it sinks in that “progressive” now means free on-line campaign workers to be dropped the day after the election.



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