Coalition for a Democratic Majority

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The Coalition for a Democratic Majority was formed in December 1972 by cold war liberals attempting to regain ascendancy within the Democratic Party following George McGovern's defeat in that year's Presidential election.[1]

According to Rightweb:

The CDM was formed in 1972 by the late Sen Henry Jackson (D-WA) who headed the conservative wing of the Democratic Party. Jackson and his coalition favored a strong military and promoted the concept of "peace through strength." The CDM has its roots in the intellectual movement of neoconservatism--intellectual and pragmatic, with an emphasis on democracy, anticommunism, and globalism. By the mid-1970s, the Vietnam war had cooled the ardor of the American public for the policy of interventionism, a philosophy of great importance to the CDM. The election of President Jimmy Carter pushed the "hardliners" into action and, in 1976, the CDM helped to found the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), a lobby group for containment militarism. The CPD developed and implemented a new "Soviet Threat" campaign. The broader goal of CDM, however, was to reinstate containment militarism as the central theme of U.S. foreign policy.[2]



Organising Committee

Ben J. Wattenberg | Bayard Rustin | Midge Decter | Richard Schifter | Thomas S. Foley | Max M. Kampelman | John P. Roche | Robert Keefe | Jeane Kirkpatrick | Penn Kemble[3]

Initial List of Sponsors

George Backer | Stephen K. Bailey | Jack Barbash | Arnold Beichman | Daniel Bell | Pearl K. Bell | Reinhard Bendix | Joseph Bishop | Richard W. Bolling | Peter Bommarito | Zbigniew Brzezinski | Walter P. Burke | William Connell | Chester Cooper | John E. Cosgrove | C.L. Dennis | S. Harrison Dogole | William DuChessi | Chester Earle | Valerie Earle | James T. Farrell | David Fellman | John P. Frank | Nathan Glazer | Harold P. Green | Michael J. Halberstam MD | Patricia Roberts Harris | Norman Hill | Velma Hill | Sanford Kadish | Leon H. Keyserling | Mary Dublin Keyserling | Irvin Kovens | Paul Kurtz | Seymour Martin Lipset | Martin Malia | Harry C. Macpherson Jr. | Fred Morgan | Charles S. Murphy | Philleo Nash | Bernard Norwich | Michael Novak | James G. O'Hara | Claire Penniman | Richard Pipes | Norman Podhoretz | Nelson Polsby | Laurence Radway | S. Frank Raftery | A. Philip Randolph | Austin Ranney | Richard Ravitch | James Roosevelt | Peter Rosenblatt | Eugene V. Rostow | Elizabeth Scull | Paul Seabury | Albert Shanker | Walter H. Shorenstein | Carleton Sickles | Philip Siegelman | Richard L. Simpson | Alan Sindler | Arnold Solloway | James V. Stanton | William Stern | Martin A. Trow | Adam Ulam | Paul Warren | Robert C. Weaver | Eugene L. Wyman | Louis Stulburg[3]


Advisory Board of Elected Officials



Board of Directors

Task Force on Foreign Policy and Defense

Prominent members


  1. Jacob Heilbrunn, They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, Doubleday, 2008, p.114.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Coalition for a Democratic Majority, RightWeb Profile, accessed 23 June 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Come Home Democrats, Committee for a Democratic Majority, 7 December 1972, archived at