For Democrats, the right lesson from 2014 is to be more liberal

The Democrats will probably lose the Senate come November. But that shouldn't prompt a flight to the center.

Mark Udall
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Republicans will probably take control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, according to the latest projections. It's a grim result for liberals, particularly when you consider the likely consequences: the mountain of garbage legislation that will be dumped on the White House...the possible gutting of the Congressional Budget Office...the total halting of the confirmation process for judiciary and executive branch positions.

But if Democrats do lose, they must try to keep their cool, and refrain from sinking into the usual pessimism. Because make no mistake, centrist sellouts like Will Marshall are going to descend on the Democrats' routed supporters and proclaim that the party must turn right to have a chance of victory in 2016. It's critical that Democrats ignore these calls, not only because they betray a pathetic spinelessness, but also because they're not even close to being true.

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