2008 Obama’s Party
posted by August 18 at 17:10 PMon
Dana Goldstein and Ezra Klein are out with an interesting examination of what Barack Obama is doing with the Democratic party now that he’s in control. The answer: a lot more than you might think, but with fewer answers about long-term intentions than you might want.
What Obama wants is, in some ways, the key question. If Bill Clinton’s project for the Democratic Party was mostly ideological, Obama’s is mostly organizational. Clinton sought to change the party’s ideas; Obama is more interested in building its infrastructure. But for what? Obama’s health-care plan was the least ambitious of the three major candidates, and his recent gestures toward the center on government wiretapping, choice, and gun control have some of his supporters concerned. At times, Obama can seem so focused on building that it’s unclear if he’s really thought through the blueprints.