For the last 20 years, give or take another 50, one of the most cherished baubles of Beltway conventional wisdom has been that the
We'll come back to that in a moment.
Another beloved trinket in the nest of notions that make up elite groupthink is that liberals not only haven't moved left, but they aren't even liberals at all. A week doesn't go by without
A few weeks later, he gave the most ideologically left-wing State of the Union address of any president since FDR.
This is a pattern. For whatever reason, liberals feel compelled -- whether out of self-delusion or deliberate deception -- to lie about the fact that they are liberals. Consider
In his mission statement Hughes proclaimed, "The journalism in these pages will strive to be free of party ideology or partisan bias." Whatever you may think of
There's something almost Soviet in this compulsion to follow a party line so disconnected to the reality it allegedly describes.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the Beltway establishment, particularly political journalists, believes these talking points, largely because they, too, are committed liberals who think they are mere non-ideological arbiters of the facts.
How strange the world must seem to them these days. Public opinion surveys show that Democratic voters have moved consistently to the left over the last two decades.
In 1994, according to the
Meanwhile, with the obvious exception of gay rights, the country simply hasn't moved left with the
This is one reason Obama's "what works" presidency hasn't worked for the Democrats. By committing to a left-wing agenda -- while pretending it's pragmatic -- the Democrats have been hollowed out in
"By ignoring the electorate and steering the country in an unmistakably progressive direction his final two years in office,"
Watching her pretend to be a populist is painful, like watching some of the joke contestants on "American Idol" tonelessly warble to a panel of snickering judges.
Now, it is certainly true that Republicans are not without their problems. They desperately need coaching on how to talk about issues in a way that doesn't alienate voters. But one of the reasons they need tutoring in this regard is that the press which reports on their campaigns is even more out of touch with reality than the allegedly out-of-touch Republicans they opine on.
If someone nods along when Obama ludicrously claims to have no ideological agenda, it's no surprise he'll shake his head when a conservative admits to having one. But at least the conservatives aren't lying.