Beware the "Lou Dobbs" Democrats, says Jacob Weisberg at Slate.
"Most of those who reclaimed Republican seats ran hard against free trade, globalization, and any sort of moderate immigration policy. That these Democrats won makes it likely that others will take up their reactionary call. Some of the newcomers may even be foolish enough to try to govern on the basis of their misguided theory. ... The leading economic nationalist today is probably Lou Dobbs, who on nights other than Election Night natters on against free trade, outsourcing, globalization, and immigration on CNN."
I don't actually believe Lou Dobb's theory but there is something disturbing about the idea that a candidate shouldn't actually take his campaign platform seriously. Rahm Emmanuel counseled Democrats to say nothing on Iraq. Now that they have won, others are counseling them to run up the Jolly Roger. Run as one thing, govern as another. Why should people who ran as Lou Dobbs Democrats not get to push the platform they were elected on? It seems like unfair labeling, somehow.