Jonathan Chait in the New Republic:
There is more at work in the progressive revolt than an irrational attachment to the public plan or an executive distrust of private industry. The bizarre convergence of left-wing and right-wing paranoia echoes the forces that brought down the moderate consensus of the postwar era. The GOP retreat into Palinism represents one half of this collapse. The left’s revolt against health care reform represents the other. What has re-emerged in recent weeks is the spirit of the New Left--distrustful of evolutionary change, compromise between business and labor, and the practical tools of progressive reform. It is the spirit that rejected Hubert Humphrey in 1968 and Al Gore in 2000. The New Left rejection of “corporate liberalism” came at what we now regard as the historical apex of American liberalism. At the moment of another historical triumph, liberals are retreating from politics into languor, rage, and other incarnations of anti-politics. One day they may look back upon this time with longing.
Chait sounds so reasonable and grownup, doesn't he? Phrases condemning childish progressives as "New Leftists", "paranoid", as rejecting a spirit of "compromise between business and labor", and "distrustful of evolutionary change". He writes so blithely as if the the postwar New Deal moderate consensus wasn't destroyed by Reaganism. As if, as a result, Labor still has the kind of power that "business" must compromise with. He assumes that the underlying power alignments support things "evolving" rather than devolving for working and middle-income families. Everything is good and getting better according to Jonathan Chait.