The War of Ideas

Democrats are positioned to solve our biggest problems. But first they'll need to be bold and creative

Damon Winter / The New York Times

Barack Obama greets workers at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 19, 2008

"I think it is fair to say the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time," Barack Obama recently told a Nevada editorial board. The Senator took some notable, if not quite accurate, grief from Hillary Clinton over that: she said he was expressing support for Republican ideas (clearly, he wasn't). But what did he actually mean? People — and not just Republicans — have been calling the GOP the party of ideas for nearly 30 years, since Ronald Reagan transformed the mushy, defensive conservatism of his party into a sleek ideological message celebrating...

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