WHY THE DEMOCRATIC CENTER CAN'T HOLD

THE NEW DEMOCRATS BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEM

One year into Bill Clinton's second term, and one week after he lost the fight over fast track, it is finally possible to answer a question that has dogged his presidency: Has Clinton created a new centrism within the Democratic Party, or has he killed off the last vestiges of the old centrism he inherited? The answer is yes to both questions.

When Clinton took office, the Democratic Party already had a centrist wing, and it looked like Martin Lancaster, Congressman from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Lancaster spent his childhood on a tobacco farm and his adulthood in the...

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