‘It’s cool to be a liberal again’?

‘It’s cool to be a liberal again’?

Forgive my skepticism, but I’m trying hard to remember when it was cool to be a liberal the first time. The headline, in any case, is picked up from an article by Abby Borovitz at the MSNBC website. Here is the “proof” behind her claim:

The number of Americans who self-identify as ‘liberal’ has hit a high not seen for at least two decades, according to a new poll.

A Gallup poll released Friday found that 23% of Americans describe themselves as liberal. That’s still way fewer than call themselves conservative or moderate — 38 and 34% respectively. But it’s the highest level since Gallup began asking in 1992.

Further down, Borovitz takes further solace from an opinion piece by the Washington Post’s E. J. Dionne, who writes that “the reemergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014.”

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Not if that reemergence translates to less than a quarter of the population self-identifying as liberal.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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