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Thursday, June 17, 2004


the center of mass

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, June 17, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Robert had a great capsule history of the great drift in American politics that I think bears wider audience:

In 1964 the Goldwater faction bullied their agenda and won the presidential nomination Barry and away from Rockefeller. They didn't even want Nelson to be on the ticket as VP.

After how shabbily he was treated, Rockefeller withdrew from politics altogether.

That '64 convention was the start of the conservative revolution.

But Goldwater today would be considered far too liberal for the hard-core right.

Dean is really a fiscal conservative and social progressive in the mold of Rockefeller.(in 1964)

The problem with most conservatives is that they define anyone who is socially liberal as "Leftist" - ignoring the fact that those positions have essentially become mainstream. The center of mass in the social sense has moved left, whereas the political debate has shifted right (as Robert ably explains above). The resulting disconnect has left a lot of people out in the cold, ie reduced voter participation. Why? because only the people who were to the right end of the social spectrum still remain represented by the political debate.


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