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August 28, 2017
Out on the road with Sanders and Warren: Will the Democrats follow them to the left?
Yet as the party moves leftward, centrist Democrats are finding their position on the island increasingly precarious. “The political energy has migrated to the polar extremes on both sides and it has left a large swath of the population feeling homeless,” said Will Marshall, one of the leading intellectual architects of the neoliberal “New Democrat”… View Article
August 28, 2017
A Conversation with Mark Lilla on His Critique of Identity Politics
“But one thing that I’ve said to students is you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone. You’ve got to go to places where the Wi-Fi sucks, where you have no desire to take a picture of your dinner, where you’re sitting at dinner with people who have their heads bowed in prayer in… View Article
August 24, 2017
VOX: The co-founder of the DLC wants to take back red districts, not the Democratic Party
“When you’re in the minority, you need to expand in every direction.” By Ezra Klein To [New Democracy Director Will] Marshall, the Democratic Party’s problem is that it’s looking for a single answer to a question that has as many answers as there are elections. “Different places lend themselves to different strategies,” he says. What… View Article
August 23, 2017
Dallas Morning News: Can Democrats overcome the left wing?
Several prominent Democrats underscored that point recently in organizing a group called New Democracy, based on the premise the party needs to broaden, not narrow, its appeal. “We have to expand this party and make it a bigger tent,” said Will Marshall. A veteran of similar efforts to moderate the party in the 1980s that… View Article
August 17, 2017
The Daily Beast: How Democrats Can Take Back Middle America
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH ROGERS/THE DAILY BEAST By: WILL MARSHALL Having been gobsmacked not once but twice by Donald Trump, Democrats at last are moving beyond “resistance” to confront their core challenge—reviving the party’s competitiveness across middle America. First, Democrats were flabbergasted by how easily Trump wrested the Republican presidential nomination from a least a dozen more qualified contenders, even though… View Article
August 15, 2017
The Nation: Medicare-for-All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care
Within the broad Democratic coalition, it’s pretty clear that the discussion of health care has shifted to the left. Mainstream figures like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a potential presidential candidate in 2020, are embracing single payer. Representative John Conyers’s Medicare-for-All bill currently has 115 Democratic co-sponsors in the House. And Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer recently said that… View Article
August 15, 2017
The Atlantic: Progressive Values Can’t Be Just Secular Values
New polls suggest liberals have an increasingly negative view of religion, despite the fact that most Democrats—and Americans—are religious. By CHRIS COONS For a generation, the Democratic Party of which I’m a member has steadily moved away from communities of faith. Today, according to a recent Pew study, more than one-third of Democrats—including 44 percent… View Article
August 15, 2017
FiveThirtyEight: The Congressional Map Has A Record-Setting Bias Against Democrats: And it’s not just 2018.
When Democrats think about their party’s problems on the political map, they tend to think of President Trump’s ability to win the White House despite losing the popular vote and Republicans’ potent efforts to gerrymander congressional districts. But their problems extend beyond the Electoral College and the House: The Senate hasn’t had such a strong pro-GOP bias since the… View Article
August 12, 2017
The Washington Post: I can’t sketch a platform for Democrats. This man can.
As I was running out of space in my column last Sunday, I suggested without elaboration that the Democrats need an “honest, hopeful” approach to future campaigns. Some readers — quite reasonably — found that glib. But I’m the wrong person to sketch a platform for Democrats, because, as an independent, I’m not one. (Admittedly,… View Article
August 10, 2017
The Washington Post: Centrist Democrats begin pushing back
The high-profile stars of the Democratic Party’s populist wing have steered the agenda their way on Capitol Hill this year, but the fight over the party’s direction is far from settled. As the party faces great expectations of big gains in the 2018 midterms, Democratic centrists are increasingly worried that the disproportionate share of attention… View Article