I saved this comment from Richard to enlarge upon in a separate post:
Why are you so concerned about Democrats winning? You’ve stated you aren’t a Democrat.
That’s right, I’m not. And I appreciate having another chance to get the point of that last post across, since apparently I failed the first time, at least in your case.
That post was about a piece in the NYT in which David Leonhardt pointed out that if Democrats could get away from abortion and guns and other things that serve to divide us, and concentrated on economic policy — where they represent more of a consensus — Democrats can help themselves out a lot.
I liked the piece because what he was describing was the kind of thing Democrats would need to do to get my vote.
And I’d very much like to see one of the major parties doing something to appeal to voters like me.
I noted in passing that what Leonhardt was talking about would to some extent represent a return to the New Deal Coalition. No more trying to separate the world into two camps — Acceptable People and Deplorables. Instead, lift up a vision that can unify the country.
And would I be a Democrat if it was once again the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt? You bet.
And if the GOP was once again the party of Eisenhower, you can bet I’d be a Republican.
And if both of those things happened — if both parties were reaching out and trying to appeal to all of us, instead of separating us into sheep and goats, trying to get us enraged at each other so we’ll give money to the cause — the country would truly be blessed…