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Democrats' Quest for the "Big Idea"

At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Democrats rallied around Barack Obama. The Christian Science Monitor says that Democrats may soon also rally around the ideas found in Democracy.

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At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Democrats rallied around Barack Obama. In The Christian Science Monitor, Linda Feldmann says that Democrats may soon rally around the ideas found in Democracy. Feldmann writes:

In an obscure office at 21st and L Streets in downtown Washington, the Democratic Party is being reimagined.
The occupant of that office, Ken Baer, and his friend Andrei Cherny, cofounder of the journal Democracy, don’t pretend to have all the answers. Rather, these former speechwriters for Al Gore believe that the future of the party rests in the power of ideas, not just in charismatic personalities or a piecemeal approach to governing. And so two summers ago, they started the magazine as a forum for ideas–much the way, they hope, William F. Buckley’s magazine National Review gave voice to the ideas that eventually became the backbone of the conservative movement.

“By and large, the conservatives shaped politics for a generation,” Mr. Baer says. “Now they’re out of answers. So there’s this ripe moment, and we need to fill that moment.”

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The Christian Science Monitor

The Editors of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas are Michael Tomasky (Editor), Jack Meserve (Managing Editor), and Sophia Crabbe-Field (Associate Editor).

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