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Obama and the Liberal Moment

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Supporters react to Barack Obama's victory at his election night party at Grant Park in Chicago, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Supporters react to Barack Obama's election victory at Grant Park in Chicago, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Will it be the "post-partisan" Obama, reaching across party lines to forge new concensus, new middle ground, and crank down the polarization?

Will it be the "new New Deal" Obama? The liberal progressive ready to throw out the Reagan economic handbook and stand up as a new FDR?

Could it somehow be both? In this week’s issue of The New Yorker magazine, George Packer takes up that question in a big story headlined "The New Liberalism."

This hour, On Point: The New Yorker’s George Packer, and different stripes of Democrats, about which Obama is moving in to the White House.

You can join the conversation. What’s the change you voted for? A new New Deal? More reaching across the aisle? Is it time for Democrats to push a liberal agenda? Or something else? Something new?Guests:

George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. His article in this week's issue, "The New Liberalism," examines "how the economic crisis can help Obama redefine the Democrats." His New Yorker blog is called Interesting Times.

Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute. He is the co-founder of the Democratic Leadership Council, which aims to steer the party toward a more centrist orientation.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Democratic congresswoman from Illinois and a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

This program aired on November 12, 2008.


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