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Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:27 AM Aug 2016

Krugman warns against the temptation for Dems to 'Go Right' [View all]

Nature and politics, abhor a vacuum. Krugman sees the temptation for the economic conservatives to push the Democratic Party into the space previously occupied by the now crumbling ediface of the republican party, and he warns dems Don't Do It.



But at least some commentators are calling on her to do something very different — to make a right turn, moving the Democratic agenda toward the preferences of those fleeing the sinking Republican ship. The idea, I guess, is to offer to create an American version of a European-style grand coalition of the center-left and the center-right.


The Trumpification of the G.O.P. didn’t come out of nowhere. On the contrary, it was the natural outcome of a cynical strategy: long ago, conservatives decided to harness racial resentment to sell right-wing economic policies to working-class whites, especially in the South.

This strategy brought many electoral victories, but always at the risk that the racial resentment would run out of control, leaving the economic conservatives — whose ideas never had much popular support — stranded. And that is what has just happened.

So now the strategy that rightists had used to sell policies that were neither popular nor successful has blown up in their faces. And the Democratic response should be to adopt some of those policies? Say what?

Also, I can’t help but notice a curious pattern in the recommendations of some self-proclaimed centrists. When Republicans were in the ascendant, centrists urged Democrats to adapt by moving right. Now that Republicans are in trouble, with some feeling that they have no choice except to vote Democratic, these same centrists are urging Democrats to … adapt by moving right. Funny how that works...

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move right! move right! more right! right? w0nderer Aug 2016 #1
Triangulation has been a dance with a lot of slide-steps to the right. HereSince1628 Aug 2016 #5
to defeat the 'enemy' ... w0nderer Aug 2016 #19
"Derp spiral" Warren DeMontague Aug 2016 #2
Thanks. flpoljunkie Aug 2016 #3
We would have just as much success electorally shawn703 Aug 2016 #4
Tom Fucking Friedman was arguing for just that in the NYT recently Fast Walker 52 Aug 2016 #6
Candidates generally move towards the center after primaries ehrnst Aug 2016 #7
Well, that's the popular meme HereSince1628 Aug 2016 #8
There was a piece in yesterday,s NYT calling for her to move right to "win" emulatorloo Aug 2016 #13
Thanks for the clarification. ehrnst Aug 2016 #18
It was arguably necessary in the 90s when the GOP was more unified and not so Tea-Partyish. randome Aug 2016 #9
"the now crumbling ediface of the republican party" Martin Eden Aug 2016 #10
Looks to me bucolic_frolic Aug 2016 #11
Reagan Democrats..... AlbertCat Aug 2016 #12
+1 LWolf Aug 2016 #20
I'm so confused. Didn't he lead the march to the right? Baitball Blogger Aug 2016 #14
Sounds good.... Wounded Bear Aug 2016 #15
Krugman: I donít think thereís much prospect that Mrs. Clinton will actually do that. But if by any pampango Aug 2016 #16
He's about 25 years too late. TalkingDog Aug 2016 #17
We are probably going to end up like Canada...three major parties. roamer65 Aug 2016 #21
Probably not in my lifetime, but it's a big old goofy world HereSince1628 Aug 2016 #22
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