Daily Clips: October 13th, 2015

CNN WILL BROADCAST THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE LIVE TODAY, ONLINE, FOR FREE, NO PASSWORD REQUIRED. (Also, follow us on Twitter for our live coverage of the debate!)

Liberal is now cool: Vox highlights that liberal may not be a dirty word anymore and in my opinion, that has much to do with the rise of Bernie Sanders and his repackaging of far-left ideals. As you can see from Pew Center’s chart below, Democrats are embracing this identification more and more.

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Don’t expect a slugfest tonight, expect a policy debate: The fireworks you’ll see tonight will not be over someone’s appearance or whether they smoked pot in high school (gasp!), but rather attacks will most likely be related to policy. What a concept. As Phillip Rucker notes:

Democrats expect the debate to be substantive and to set the course for an unexpectedly ­contentious nominating contest. Americans are either going to find a pleasing contrast to the rip-roaring show Republicans have put on — or they’re going to be bored senseless.

David Brooks waxes poetic about what conservatism used to stand for: In his latest New York Times column, Brooks laments how the Republican Party’s “capacity for effective self-governance degraded slowly, over the course of a long chain of rhetorical excesses, mental corruptions and philosophical betrayals.” He longs for the days when “conservatism stands for intellectual humility, a belief in steady, incremental change, a preference for reform rather than revolution, a respect for hierarchy, precedence, balance and order, and a tone of voice that is prudent, measured and responsible.” Kumbaya. He’s not describing a political ideology, he’s outlining a disposition.

Nick Cassella

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