A Choice, Not an Echo

Since it's apparently acceptable to argue that Democrats rode to victory on a wave of conservative nominees in the South based entirely on the fact that Health Schuler won, I suppose I can vastly overgeneralize from the case of Carol Shea-Porter, the sort of woman who never in a million years would have secured a nomination in a seat the party thought was in play but who nonethelss won her race in New Hampshire. Here's her website. Note that in the "on the issues" section of the site, "civil liberties" is the first issue listed and if you click the link you'll see a full-throated denunciation of the Bush surveillance policies. Her economic agenda consists more-or-less entirely of tax hikes:

I will push to eliminate the tax cuts for the top 1% of income earners (individuals earning $400,000, couples making $800,000), raise the minimum wage, and invest in our children, families and seniors. In Congress, I will work to guarantee Social Security's long-term health by voting to put a Social Security tax on someone's full income, not just the first $90,000.

On education, she's against vouchers, against NCLB, and basically just wants to throw money at public schools and teachers. She wants us to fight global warming, and on national security leads with the observation that "Terrorists will only be defeated if there is goodwill and cooperation among various governments, so that all nations will aid in hunting them down. There are certainly a few rogue nations, but by invading Iraq, we have lost credibility with many other nations who could be helpful." She takes a shockingly unnuanced stance on abortion: "Women have a right to make their own reproductive decisions, and families have a right to make end of life decisions."

Just saying -- lotsa liberals in the new crew.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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