Pretty good read on the death of liberalism. Don’t roll your eyes — it’s written by the editor of The New Republic. Here’s a great quote:
This patronizing attitude is proof positive that, as deep as the social and economic gains have been among African Americans, many liberals prefer to maintain their own time-honored patronizing position vis-à-vis “the other,” the needy. This is, frankly, in sharp contrast to President Bush, who seems not to be impeded by race difference (and gender difference) in his appointments and among his friends. Maybe it is just a generational thing, and, if it is that, it is also a good thing. But he may be the first president who apparently does not see individual people in racial categories or sex categories. White or black, woman or man, just as long as you’re a conservative. That is also an expression of liberation from bias.
The New Republic is a great publication. It’s unabashedly liberal, but not in the knee-jerk way that annoys most conservatives. I don’t like knee-jerk conservatism either. (For instance, I don’t understand why conservative bloggers waste their time defending this idiot Jeff Gannon, and the faux news organization for which he once worked.)