Ross Douthat Is Wrong About Liberalism’s Rise The Iraq war had little to do with it

Supporters watch Obama's acceptance speech on election night. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)By Nate Cohn – Bush’s second-term agenda may have been hampered by Iraq, but it’s hard to argue that Social Security reform would have passed otherwise. More importantly, the collapse of compassionate conservatism wasn’t necessary to create the political space for Democrats to move left and pass health-care reform. Democrats never considered it an ideologically bold proposal, and it seemed likely to attract bipartisan support until a conservative, grassroots revolt in the late summer of 2009. more>


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