Have The Democrats Really Changed? — A Debate

"Have The Democrats Really Changed? -- A Debate," Commentary, September 1992, pp. 23-26.


The 1992 Democratic party, led by Governor Bill Clinton and Senator Al Gore, has shed its leftist fads and is once again appealing to the American mainstream. The question which some voters might ask is whether the new approach is a mere façade (a “Trojan horse”) or whether a fundamental change in direction has taken place, which brings the party back to where it was prior to 1972. I believe that the change is genuine, that Governor Clinton has succeeded in sidelining the left-wing activist minority which for years has put its stamp on the national Democratic party. In doing so, he is returning the Democratic party to the foreign and domestic policies initiated by Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.