More stuff here on why the liberal label is coming back into fashion

Last month, I wrote HERE about evidence that Americans generally have become as likely to call themselves liberal as conservative these days. There are two basic causes for this phenomenon. Demonization of the L-word by Republicans has lost much of its effectiveness, and Americans increasingly are embracing liberal views on the political and social issues of the day. There’s more on the matter in THIS COLUMN  by Dana Milbank published yesterday in The Washington Post: It used to be assumed that “the public doesn’t like the word...

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Political labels liberal and conservative can be highly misleading

A few weeks ago, I posted something here about a Gallup poll showing that identification of themselves as liberals was roughly equal to claiming that they’re conservatives among Americans in general. This finding was represented as an improvement for the liberal side, especially as time has passed since Republicans first succeeded in demonizing the L-word some 30 years ago. And now there’s THIS about another poll: A new analysis of Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll data finds a marked  increase in the share of registered voters...

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Gallup poll: Americans increasingly embrace the liberal label

For decades, conservative Republicans enjoyed considerable success in their efforts to demonize the “liberal” label — even to the extent that some Americans who supported the Democratic Party agenda shunned the L-word. The situation got so bad that many liberals began to call themselves “progressives.” But, as Shakespeare once put it, a rose by any other name… And now, according to the Gallup poll, Americans generally are as likely to call themselves liberal as conservative — at least with respect to...

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Confessions of a former right-winger

The man in the photo above is a generic representation of the angry right-winger. It probably bears little actual resemblance to Edwin Lyngar, but it suffices for our purposes here. Lyngar is a former right-winger who finally has come to recognize the error of his erstwhile ways — with one exception. The only thing he still likes about wingnut politics is that those folks know how to play dirty. As we see HERE, Lyngar wishes liberals would play a little tougher, too: One of the reasons I became a liberal is not only because they have...

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Study shows a political shift of sorts as more people move from blue states to red states

The political map of America never stays the same for very long. Attitudes change, and people move around, resulting in different blends of Republican red and Democratic blue in the various states. HERE‘s a look at the changes of late: Over the last few decades, residents of many traditionally liberal states have moved to states that were once more conservative. And this pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six. The growth of the Latino...

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