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  •  The question may come down to (4.00)
    whether the Democratic Party abandoned the liberal agenda or liberals abandoned politics.

    From 1932 to 1972 the Democratic Party carried the liberal banner with pride. After the McGovern loss liberals allowed themselves to be painted as weak on defense and profligate spenders of taxpayer money.

    Liberals became embarassed to be called liberals and hid in the closet. I worked for a time for a leftist union because it seemed like the only place you could be openly leftist and proud of it.

    Things have gone badly for the country to such an extent that those liberals who kept their views quiet can't be silent any longer. They are too angry to care how the neocons try to label them.

    At the same time the swing vote center is losing faith in the neocon agenda. The weak poll numbers for Bush in almost every area are showing that.

    Many of the old time left-of-center Democrats are showing signs of renewed fire in the belly. Hillary Clinton stood and applauded when Bush lamented the failure of Congress to act on his Social Security initiative. She was rapped for playing to the Kossack fringe. Whatever motivated her, I was glad to see it. I think it's about time for her to come out of the liberal closet too.

    It may be premature to bolt the Democratic Party now. That might be quitting when you're on the verge of winning.

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