The conservo-Democratic narrative

Oooh ooooh, ahhhh ahhhh! The simians are swinging through the TV trees this morning. Nodding heads ape the line that this Democratic route is somehow due to a waddle toward the center.

Tom Schaller calls it "the Casey-Webb-Shuler narrative," after three centrist Dems who all won last night -- or this morning, I should say.

It's nothing new; the various factions of the Democratic Party are jockeying for power, and the Bill Clinton/DLC vapors are still being sniffed by much of the media, so their move-to-the-center narrative still strikes them as "just plain obvious."

Unless you look at the thing. In a plea for a counter-narrative, Pontificator writes:


Of the democrats who ran in the 58 most competitive races, about half of whom have won:

  • Just NINE are self-describe pro-life
  • NONE support privatizing social security
  • ALL support embryonic s.t.r.
  • ALL support raising the fed min wage


Schaller writes: "Though there are exceptional cases like NC’s Heath Shuler, the vast majority of House Democratic nominees are pro-choice progressives running on anti-war, anti-Bush themes."

And, indeed, beyond just the candidates, an onerous abortion law was struck down in conservative South Dakota, minimum wage initiatives passed across the nation with few exceptions, and perhaps the biggest indication was in the NRA's reaction, that this was the: "Biggest Election Disaster in Nearly 15 Years."
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