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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

NORMAL DEMOCRATS: Bill Clinton wades into one of the central problem areas his party faces. After decades of positioning themselves to the left (a little or a lot) of most Americans on cultural issues, Bill comments that a liberal who has "sort of normal impulses" on a given issue (specifically abortion) is considered to be selling out his or her principles. Except in this case, it's definitely a she. Bill's mad because Hillary has gotten scoldings from the left for saying "abortion is a tragedy for virtually everybody who undergoes it, we ought to do all we can to reduce abortion." Precisely which core principles Hillary does or doesn't hold will be the subject of much debate in months to come; I'll be watching that closely. For the moment, it's simply nice to hear a leading Democrat mourn the left's disdain for what passes as "normal" in the eyes of most Americans. Bill had his famous Sista Souldja moment in 1992. Hillary's no doubt planning her own. Which core Democratic constituency would she seriously consider taking on? Her recent move to the center on abortion doesn't count. However, she could end up showing courage by continuing to sound smart about immigration. Does she dare challenge the sickening certitudes of the open-the-borders multiculturalists within her party, as a means of reaching out to independent voters in red states who want serious immigration reform, no ifs, ands, buts? Stay tuned....