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Michael van der Galien

The Base Can’t Save Democrats

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Posted on January 22 2010 5:30 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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by Megan McArdle

I’m not really clear on what is supposed to be the benefit of all these progressives announcing that unless health care passes they won’t be voting for any Democrats. Here’s the thing that Democrats just learned in Massachusetts: the base can’t save you. In the bluest of blue states, if you run with a progressive agenda and alienate moderates, those alienated moderates will join with the conservatives to kick you out of office. Catering to the base is a losing strategy.

It’s all very well to say that they should man up and pass it anyway. This is the sort of thing that sounds very well from the comfort of your living room. But are you prepared to pledge that if health care reform passes, you’ll resign your job? Because that’s essentially what you’re asking them to do.

Read the whole thing at Megan McArdle’s blog at the Atlantic, via Instapundit.

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