Following Martha Coakley’s loss in Massachusetts, Obama will no
doubt get a lot of advice to move to the center, to compromise more, to
give up any hope for the progressive agenda he was elected to deliver.
But that advice is totally wrong-headed! If he wants to be
remembered as anything other than an ineffectual one-term president, he
and his weak-kneed party need to seize the debate, push the agenda, and
present themselves once more as the party of change. Maybe they should
even go back to Spiro Agnew’s “nattering nabobs of negativsim” and pin
that label on the GOP.
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