' "Republicans had better worry," says Paul Weyrich, a veteran conservative
organizer. "Angry people are motivated to get out to vote. If they can channel that anger into something constructive, they
can literally upset the presidency." '
— President Bush a "liar?" Donald Rumsfeld a defense secretary who "betrayed" his troops? Republican leaders in Congress
part of a "concerted effort to erase the 20th century?"
Not since Richard Nixon left the White House have liberals felt so free to be feisty. After decades of being shushed
and shooed aside by centrist Democrats who feared the party's left-wing image was turning off voters, liberals have kicked
their way out of the political closet. They are loud. They are angry. And they've got a whole new attitude.
"We have been too nice. We have been too polite," says Ann Lewis, a veteran strategist with the Democratic National Committee,
where the official party weblog is called "Kicking Ass."
The sudden emergence of an outspoken left wing may be the most surprising political development of the year. Until recently,
liberalism could not have been more out of vogue. But in the six months since Bush appeared under a "Mission Accomplished"
banner on a Navy aircraft carrier, the political dynamic has changed. Some indicators: ...
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