September 24, 2011
WHICH IS WHERE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES REALLY MATTER...:
Left Behind: How Democrats Are Losing the Political Center (William Galston, September 24, 2011, New Republic)
Overall, it's hard to avoid concluding that the ideological playing-field heading into 2012 is tilted against Democrats. This reality only deepens the strategic dilemma the White House now confronts. The conventional strategy for an incumbent is to secure the base before the general public gets fully engaged and then reach out to the swing voters whose decisions spell the difference between victory and defeat. By contrast, the Obama team spent most of 2011 in what turned out to be a failed effort to win over the Independent voters who deserted Democrats in droves last November, in the process alienating substantial portions of the base. To rekindle the allegiance and enthusiasm of core supporters, the president now finds himself having to draw sharp ideological lines, risking further erosion among Independents and even moderate Democrats. Tellingly, a number of at-risk Democratic senators up for reelection in 2012 have already refused to go along with key elements of the president's recent proposals.
...because a Republican leader who is pandering to the base is appealing to the great Christian majority of the country, whereas a Democrat is appealing to discrete special interest groups and alienating everyone not in the given cohort with each pander. Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2011 10:15 AM