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Despite appearances, the new batch of Democrats are notably more conservative than the old lot. And why are some Dems urging Hillary not to run in '08?

By Tumbler   December 2006

The new breed of Democrat

The new Democrats populating the House and Senate are notably more conservative than the old batch. Jim Webb, Ronald Reagan’s old navy secretary, who at the time of writing looked to have defeated George Allen in Virginia’s knife-edge senatorial race, is just the most obvious example. These new Dems tend to have military backgrounds and to be strongly religious, like the newly elected Heath Shuler in North Carolina, who opposes abortion and is so devout that he refused to campaign on Sundays. This was the deliberate recruitment policy of Rahm Emanuel, a Clinton White…

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