Sunday, November 18, 2007

Quotes of the Week

"... the notion, beloved of political pundits, that we can make progress through bipartisan consensus is simply foolish. To be a progressive...means being a partisan -- at least for now." Paul Krugman, in his book "The Conscience of a Liberal," after noting that the Republican Party is under the control of ideologues who themselves are bitterly partisan movement conservatives. Got that, Broderella?

"The core of their rule is a bulldozer approach to reality -- belligerence as an all-purpose style, whether facing domestic critics or the rest of the world...[a big Democratic tent must form] of secularists and moderate evangelicals, budget-balancers and Keynesians, fair traders and free traders... The denizens of the tent will need to remind themselves that outside there dwell barbarians." Todd Gitlin, in his book "The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals."

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