Barone article on politics
Michael Barone has an interesting column USNews.com, on the core problems facing the Democratic Party. His thesis is that there are more self-identified conservatives than self-identified liberals, with the result that, to win, a Demo has to be more conservative than a Republican has to be liberal. The Demos by and large do not understand this, and think the remedy for their ills is to "energize the base" or express themselves better. But energizing the base is taken to mean stir up the left -- which just puts them in a worse spot. Nor will demographic changes save them, since many hispanics, and a fair proportion of African Americans, are in fact conservative.