The Modern Democratic Party
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In 1988, the Democratic Party's candidate lost the presidential election for the fifth time in the previous six elections. A group called the Democratic Leadership Council said that the party had alienated the electorate by supporting government programs intended to eliminate poverty and achieve racial justice. Democrats, the DLC insisted, had to position themselves toward the political center. Doing just that, Bill Clinton won the 1992 presidential race. This book focuses on the ups and downs of the Democratic Party in the decades since then. It examines the party's changing base of support, as well as the issues that animate rank-and-file Democrats today. The book also takes a look at the growing rift between the party's centrist wing, which broadly accepts Clinton's famous pronouncement that the era of big government is over, and its progressive wing, which advocates a renewed government commitment to the promotion of economic and social equality.
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