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Defining Democrats by the votes they cast

Defining Democrats by the votes they cast

The debate between supporters of Hillary Clinton and supporters of Bernie Sanders goes to the essential core of the Democratic Party: what it means, historically and contemporaneously, to be a Democrat. Is theirs the party of high-minded ambition and progressive government or the party of tired centrism that settles for the status quo, often rendering it barely distinguishable from its Republican rival?

While their national convention in Philadelphia got off to a rocky start from the lingering tremors along the Sanders-Clinton fault line, the Democrats have a chance to reassemble the diverse and powerful coalition that made Barack Obama president for two terms.

More than that,...

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