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Why the Democrats Lost & What They Need to Do, Subject of Debate at Pomona College

The Pomona Student Union (PSU) at Pomona College will present a panel of leading Democratic thinkers on the question of “Is the Democratic Party Dead?” on Friday, February 25, at 6 p.m. Participating on the panel are Amy Sullivan, Jonathan Cowan, and Harold Meyerson who will debate why the Democrats lost the 2004 elections and what they need to do in the next years and decades to recapture the White House and Congress. Options include moving to the political center, more forcefully advocating liberalism, or somehow finding a way to do both.

  • Amy Sullivan, an editor at the Washington Monthly, is an expert on the intersection between religion and politics and has long advocated that Democrats need “to get religion.”
  • Jonathan Cowan is the co-chair of The Third Way, a progressive centrist advocacy group, which argues that Democrats must move to the center to fashion a “moderate majority.”
  • Harold Meyerson, who regularly writes about unions, low-wage workers, and poverty, is an editor-at-large for The American Prospect and a weekly columnist for The Washington Post.

The Pomona Student Union, founded in the fall of 2002, is a non-partisan Pomona College student organization dedicated to “raising the level of honest and open dialogue on campus. By helping students become more knowledgeable and better informed on the political and social issues that confront our society, we create informed citizens to better serve us all.” In addition to bringing in speakers, the Pomona Student Union sponsors student and faculty debates and panels, as well as informal social events structured around current events.

The event is open to the public and will be held in Pomona College Smith Campus Center, Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call (909) 607-6622.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.