In Perspective

Here's Hillary Clinton at the Take Back America conference this morning:

Watching it is a reminder of something that came up over dinner last night, namely that it's important to keep this primary campaign in perspective. For all that Hillary Clinton's campaign has positioned her to the right of where Barack Obama or John Edwards are, she's running on an emerging platform that's more progressive than what John Kerry (or, for that matter, Edwards) was putting on the table in 2004. For a couple of years after 9/11, the whole American political discourse swung sharply to the right ("de-arrangement" Judis & Teixeira call it; see Kilgore for more) and now things are swaying the other way.