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Democrats and the Millennial Generation

February 25, 2010

Democrats turned in an impressive performance among younger voters (18-29) in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.  So strong, it led some liberal commentators like Ruy Teixiera and John B. Judis to pronounce a new permanent political marriage between the Democratic left and America’s youth.

Zugzwang: Democrats’ 2010 Dilemma

February 11, 2010

I first encountered the word Zugzwang in a 1985 New York Times Magazine column by the late William Safire.  It’s a chess term that means “compelled to move, but imperiled by doing so.” The word’s political implications are profound.

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