Election-year liberalism

Democrats and progressives are riding high going into the 2008 election — does that signal Americans’ embrace of liberal values, or just widespread frustration with Bush’s presidency? Can Democrats campaign as the national-security party, or are their bread-and-butter issues still social welfare and economic equality? Historian and author Rick Perlstein debates the American left’s evolution and future with Jasmyne Cannick, a local writer and blogger who has worked extensively with Democratic politicians.

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    A few years ago, conservatives were beginning to think the Republican ascendancy would be indefinite. Are we entering a period of Democratic ascendancy, and if so, how long will it last? Rick Perlstein and Jasmyne Cannick discuss.

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    Is the American left now a movement of economic issues and nationalism, of identity politics and social justice, or something else? How do the New Democrats fit into the contemporary left? Jasmyne Cannick and Rick Perlstein discuss.

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    Given Iraq, are Democrats now positioned to campaign as the national-security party? Rick Perlstein and Jasmyne Cannick discuss.

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    How can Democrats lure religious voters with the same success as Republicans? Should they even try? Jasmyne Cannick and Rick Perlstein debate.

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    Is the apparent strength of the Democratic Party right now a sign that Americans are becoming more enthusiastic about regulation, redistribution of wealth and other traditional ideas of the left, or is it just a symptom of Bush fatigue? Rick Perlstein and Jasmyne Cannick debate.