Red vs. Blue: Two Leading Thinkers Discuss a Divided America
Peter Beinart, editor-at-large at The New Republic and author of The Good Fight: Why Liberals And Only Liberals Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, and Andrew Sullivan, columnist for Time Magazine and author of Time.com's Daily Dish, senior editor at The New Republic and author of The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back joined the Council at the Union League to discuss how the hotly-contested 2004 Presidential election highlighted the deep rift between conservatives and liberals in the United States today. In the run-up to the November 2006 elections, Sullivan and Beinhart, two brilliant speakers and astute commentators, shared their views on what liberals and conservatives have to offer America. Moderated by Chris Satullo, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Peter Beinart is associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. He is also a contributor to The Atlantic and National Journal, a senior columnist at Haaretz, a CNN Political Commentator, and a senior fellow at The New America Foundation.
Claudia McBride is the President and Program Director of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and has been with the Council since 1987. She advised various political campaigns; most recently the 2000 campaign for the 117th district to the Pennsylvania senate. She is a UCLA graduate.
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Andrew Sullivan is a senior editor and blogger at The Atlantic. His blog, The Daily Dish, is found on TheAtlantic.com. Sullivan was formerly the editor of The New Republic and was named Editor of the Year by Adweek. In his latest book, The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back (HarperCollins, 2006), Sullivan argues for a conservatism based on practical restraint, individual freedom, constitutional norms, and skepticism. His landmark book, Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality (Knopf, 1995), was the first to advocate civil-marriage rights for gay couples. Sullivan is a regular panelist on The Chris Matthews Show and Real Time with Bill Maher and appears on many other programs including Charlie Rose and Meet The Press.