Kos likes to think that he and his friends are the future of progressivism. However, the Clintons appear to know what it takes to get elected. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:
Moderate Democrats trying to get back into a debate now dominated by liberals offered yesterday what they hope is a centrist path back to the White House, showcasing potential presidential candidates and unveiling a Hillary Clinton-produced “American Dream Initiative” designed to appeal to the middle class.
The occasion was the annual meeting of the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist group that propelled Bill Clinton to the presidency and has been long favored by the party’s officeholders from states that lean Republican.
To help the middle class, [Sen. Clinton] proposed programs to control college tuition costs, increase personal savings, cut corporate subsidies, reduce spending on government contracts and increase accountability on pension funds. Borrowing an idea from Britain, she proposed “baby bonds” – giving a $500 savings bond to each of the 4 million children born every year in the United States, with another $500 bond at age 10, in an effort to increase savings.
However, Kos was not impressed:
“Dead on arrival,” pronounced Markos Moulitsas, whose blog, Daily Kos, is wildly popular among progressives.
Personally, I like the “baby bonds” idea. I remember Rep. Harold Ford (D) of Tennessee — and others — offered a similar proposal a few years ago. I could think of worse uses of $2 billion than baby bonds.
The divide among Democrats is a welcome surprise. However, unfortunately for Kos, the Clintons know how to play the moderate card and understand the American public better than the leading liberal blogger.
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