The Second Democratic Debate Was a Great Night for Republicans
by John Nichols
While contemporary Republicans have gone to such right-wing extremes that they no longer find much to celebrate in their partisan predecessors, the Democrats who would be president were more than happy to reference Republicans presidents. In so doing, they provided something that is rare and valuable in this volatile political season: historical perspective that challenges a false narrative. That false narrative suggests that Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have gone off the radical cliff of Ted Cruz’s imagining, that Democrats are “getting too liberal,” that the contenders for the mantle of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman have “pulled too far left.”
During the same exchange, Clinton embraced economist Paul Volcker, who has worked with both Democratic and Republican presidents, but who came to prominence as under-secretary of the Treasury for international monetary affairs during Republican Richard Nixon’s presidency and who chaired the Federal Reserve through most of Reagan’s White House tenure.