Is Liberal Harmony an Illusion?

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
June 4 2009 1:07 PM

Is Liberal Harmony an Illusion?

" It's more fun to be an opposition bomb-thrower than a palace guard " was Dana Milbank's analysis in today's Washington Post noting the lackluster turnout of the former Take Back America crowd at the America's Future Now conference this week in D.C. Attendance at the gathering of liberal interest groups dropped to 1,500 from 2,500 last year, during the presidential campaign. The movement advocacy groups and think tanks may suffer a bit from brain drain as many organizers of progressive causes have migrated to the administration. Milbank's colleague Dan Eggen wrote that Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, who founded Center for American Progress estimates that "40 staff members from his project are employed in the Obama administration." The folks who worked against the Bush crowd are having their turn at the top, and despite diminished rallying focus they like how things are headed. Diversity, climate change policy and health-care reform are priorities again.

Conservatives don't think the harmony will last and can't resist throwing spitballs while they reorganize their own opposition. Calling his liberal counterparts "competing parasites," frequently quoted Republican Grover Norquist says the left is experiencing a "false sense of comity." Noting liberals' propensity for family feuds, he predicted "the unions will come up against the environmentalists, and the whole thing will start to fall apart."



The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories to the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
Oct. 22 2014 9:00 AM Wailing Against the Pansies: Homophobia in Whiplash
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 8:43 AM Thunderstruck: Rock Out With Mother Nature’s Evil Side
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 22 2014 7:30 AM An Illusion That Makes Me Happy and Sad
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.