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To win, Democrats must look to the middle
In a recent report I wrote for Third Way, I tried to explain why Democrats are unable to translate the party's persistent voter identification advantage into sustained congressional and White House dominance. In the report, "Family Feud: Democratic Activists v. Democratic Voters," I explain that the Democratic coalition is more divided between activists and rank-and-file members than are the Republicans. Most Democrats are moderates, and this has not changed in 40 years. Party activists are liberals. The Republican Party has moved right since the 1970s and reached a point where there is little divide between activists and non-activists.
By Todd Eberly
February 26, 2012