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    that they want a party that isn't overtly racist, sexist, misogynist, nativist, etc., but also not too crunchy chewy tree-huggy leftist. I.e. they want a "lifestyle" party that's supportive of their J Crew, Amazon, minivan, suburban, Starbucks, Whole Foods way of life, that has a vaguely progressive feel to it but doesn't require actual progressive change or sacrifice. I.e. today's Democratic party.

    And that's the more affluent or at least comfortable and better-educated half of the politically detached center. There's also the working and lower middle class half, less educated, less sophisticated, more Cabela's and TJ Maxx than Whole Foods, who while maybe uncomfortable with the more blatant types of hatred and xenophobia we're seeing these days, do subscribe to a somewhat more nuanced version of it, and while liking their Medicare and Social Security (and needing it more than the first group), are wary of what they view as "big government" solutions or anything too different from what they're used to.

    I.e. Reagan Democrats.

    How to appeal to both in ways that doesn't require us to water down our ideas and policies too much, both rhetorically and substantively? The former will likely vote regularly, and vote Dem when they do. We already have them, and I'm guessing that if we move left, we'll still have them, because the GOP simply creeps them out. They might whine about their taxes going up and too much spending, but there's nowhere else for them to go so long as the GOP remains the stupid bigot/corrupt bankster party. It's the latter that we could lose, again (and still haven't really recaptured), if we move too far left. Unless we become more populist--i.e. be progressive, but speak their language.

    I think it can be done, but we need new leaders. Even Obama seems too elitist for this crowd. We need more people like Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Tom Harkin, people that such people can identify with, i.e. progressive versions of Michelle Bachman and Chris Christie--progressive populists, who used to lead the party, like William Jennings Bryan (just without the crazy religious stuff). We're not there yet, and in certain ways Obama was a sidetrack. But the progressive resurgence is still pretty new, so we'll see.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:30:30 AM PST

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