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View Diary: “Why Voters Tune Out Democrats,” by Pollster Stanley Greenberg in Sunday’s NYT (213 comments)

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  •  We have two Democratic Parties (0+ / 0-)

    There are the centrists and conservative leaners who have governed/controlled things and become really unpopular and untrusted.  They mostly got voted out last November and November 2012 will continue the carnage.

    There are also the moderates/liberals who have been told time and again to STFU and obey the rules the centrists make.  They have and want to implement the ideas that everyone more or less admits are going to change things for the better.

    And that's the essence of the 'pie fights' here.  Committed Democrats are net shifting from the former to the latter.  The first is a sinking and increasingly indefensible ship,  that's simply a reality.  Some people may go down with it.  Others leaving it will take their lifeboats Right rather than Left.

    So why do The People at large seem about to vote in a Republican government rather than a liberal Democratic one?  That is the most interesting question in the whole matter.   The best I can come up with is: the political process not merely about generating the best ideas.  It's also about people venting their angers, about retaliations and debts and scores, and about needing time to accept the realities in the making, to rethink and rearrange individual social and economic investments and interests and secondary problems.  A period of Republican government buys time and opportunity for this, whatever else may be true about it.

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