It Wasn't Liberalism That Got Centrist Voters' Goat

Your editorial "The choice: Middle ground or quicksand" (Nov. 28) inaccurately portrays Democrats as lurching away from the centrist platform that got them elected to the left "on gays in the military, a big-government solution to health care, and raising taxes on the rich." President Clinton clearly promised to promote these measures if elected. If any lurching has occurred, one could argue that it has been in a rightward direction. President Clinton backed away from his promises for universal health coverage and for an unconditional lifting of the ban on gays in the military. He also adopted President Bush's positions on NAFTA and Haitian refugees. The implication that Democrats betrayed centrist voters by unexpectedly promoting a liberal agenda is not supported by the facts.

Stephen R. Hawk

Kenosha, Wis.