Third Way Perspectives
Archive for March, 2009
March 24th, 2009
Originally published in Politico.
It didn’t take long for the left to come out guns ablazin’ over the formation of a moderate Democratic working group in the Senate. The Mod Dems, led by centrist Sens. Evan Bayh, Tom Carper and Blanche L. Lincoln, were attacked within 12 hours by liberal leader Robert Borosage, who labeled them “obstructionists” who are “trying to undermine” President Barack Obama’s agenda.
That is one view of this new group, which is being propagated widely on the left. The other view is that the Mod Dems represent Democrats’ best hope to achieve transformational change — that they are, in fact, the difference-makers on energy, health care, the budget and education. Perhaps it is this realization that is at the root of the left’s ire.