Robert Borosage is co-director of the Campaign for America's Future and co-editor of The Next Agenda: Blueprint for a New Progressive Movement and Taking Back America: And Taking Down the Radical Right.
Democrats have a penchant for circular firing squads, particularly in the wake of electoral defeat. Once more, a first salvo has come from the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), which has made its name sniping at other Democrats. In a confidential memorandum on the "Road Ahead," the DLC's Al From and Bruce Reed surveyed the 2002 election and decided -- why does this not surprise? -- that the party's problems are being "too liberal" and focusing too much on its base at the expense of the "forgotten middle class." Its salvation can only come by lurching to the right, particularly by being tougher than Bush on terrorism and Iraq.
"I don't represent the big oil companies. I don't represent the big
pharmaceutical companies. I don't represent the Enrons of this world.
But you know what? They already have great representation in
It's the rest of the people that need it." -- The text of what would
been Paul Wellstone's final election ad
Paul Wellstone never lost his rumple. He served as a
senator in Washington for 12 years, but he never succumbed to the
senatorial make-over: the $1000 suit, the $100 tie, the manicured
haircut. Even when Sheila got him to put on a new suit, it would be
disheveled 10 minutes later.
David Brock says he's sorry. His extended mea culpa -- Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex Conservative -- recounts the tale of a recovering right-winger. He describes his journey from unformed gay, vaguely libertarian Berkeley undergraduate; to closeted right-wing wordsmith; to hit man on Anita Hill and Bill Clinton; to remorseful independent. The trek is mired in bogs of sophomoric self-analysis and pop psychology. But along the way, Brock tours the political infrastructure that makes the right wing so formidable.
Next week, Congress will vote on permanent normal trade relations
for China. The vote -- which many people are calling the most
important congressional vote of the year -- would grant China the
lowest tariffs and fewest restrictions possible on trade between the
two countries. This status would not require annual review.
Despite furious lobbying on both sides, the outcome of the vote is
unknown. The American Prospect Online asks the experts:
Should Congress approve permanent normal trade relations for
China? How will that affect human rights in China? American jobs?