The Center Can Hold

Why Democrats Should Not Fear Compromise

At first glance, as the 2008 campaign swings into high gear, prospects for the Democratic Party couldn’t seem brighter. The Bush presidency is crashing, and grassroots Democrats are bristling to take on the president in the next round of debates about Iraq and domestic spending. The word “liberalism”—the once-dreaded “L-word”—has even made a comeback, and, if we can trust a recent poll, the political philosophy behind the word has found increasing support among young...

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About the Author

Kevin Mattson is the author (most recently) of When America Was Great: The Fighting Faith of Postwar Liberalism (Routledge).

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