Democratic Party Wasn't Always Liberal

The idea that there was a liberal majority in the House (let alone the entire federal government) for about 60 years is utter nonsense.
Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both had to contend with restive Congresses.

Thomas Frank has published a screed at Salon that blames political scientists and their supposed fellow travelers for pretty much everything he doesn't like in U.S. politics. I'd normally ignore this (or leave it to Jonathan Chait's capable hands). But in this case, there's one huge misreading of history that I see all the time from liberals and conservatives and that is always worth debunking because it makes it more difficult to understand the proper context for the Washington gridlock.

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