Thursday, October 21, 2004

More for Kerry

I find this from Matt Yglesias reassuring -
The left-wing of the Democratic Party doesn't have enough influence to make anyone do anything, as the past twenty years of history have pretty clearly shown. Certain concentrated interests on the left can exert power over certain narrow topics of special interest to them -- unions on trade, African-American leaders on affirmative action, feminist groups on abortion policy -- when the interests on the other side are diffuse. The war in Iraq isn't like that at all, and Kerry's policy will be determined by the usual mix of what he thinks is right and what he thinks will appeal to voters at or near the median. Far more important in this context will be the results of the Iraqi elections, which are scheduled for far too soon after Inauguration Day for a Kerry administration to have any real influence on them.


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