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November 3, 2003
Good Luck Selling This to the Pelosi/Boxer Crowd

A group of centrist, concerned Democrats have published a manifesto that attempts to fight the McGovern tilt amongst the Presidential candidates:

Last week, an impressive group of centrist Democratic foreign policy thinkers released a thoughtful document urging the party to adopt a "progressive internationalism" built around a strong defense, free trade and American leadership through international alliances "to shape a world in which the values of liberal democracy increasingly hold sway." ... Signed by prominent party thinkers like Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, and Iraq expert Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution, the paper updates for a new century the vision advanced by Democratic presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. In that tradition, the authors envision an America that expands its own security by working with allies to encourage the spread of trade and freedom around the globe — but defends its interests with force when threatened.

I believe the party is too far gone down the International ANSWER path to turn back; the Pelosi/Boxer brand of idiocy has been energized by the pandering of most of the Democratic candidates, except Lieberman, and to adopt this policy now would leave all of them open to accusations of hypocrisy and flip-flopping. In order for this to work, another candidate would have to enter the race embracing it. Someone, say, like Hillary Clinton.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 3, 2003 5:26 AM

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