NPR had a story this morning about the power of liberal bloggers in the Democratic Party. It talked about how the Left was taking a lesson from the Right on organizing around a key group of principles, namely that big government can solve big problems. This contrasts to the Right, which organized around the low taxes, smaller government mantra that led to the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s and the ascendancy of the Right to power from then on. Whereas the Right united Religious Right, low tax, pro-gun rights groups around one theme – smaller government – liberals were attempting to do the same thing today by organizing labor, anti-war, and anti-Bush groups.
However, that last part made me realize that in less than a year and a half, Bush will be out of the White House. Around the same time I expect the character of the war in Iraq to be different – either part of a larger war or with less participation of American forces. As for Labor, stick a fork in it it’s done. It’s a 19th century solution for a 19th century problem – and has no place in the modern economy. This coalition seems too shaky for long-term success, whereas the Religious Right and Libertarian voices on the Right have issues that will continue to be around for the foreseeable future.
Will these progressive voices have as much success? Perhaps, but they have to understand better what made the Right successful.