"I don't expect you to vote Republican, never mind admit you're simply a liberal."
Because Mr. Goldberg confused 'liberalism' with those who are not liberal at all, he consistently ties himself in philosophical knots. Because liberals abandoned the philosophical high ground of the term liberalism 100+yrs ago they have been searching for a replacement term ever since. In the past 30yrs they've tried to use the term 'conservative' as a suitable replacement but it just doesn't work. Now he doesn't have the proper vocabulary to explain the basic stuff and that results in many confused editorials such as this one.