Monday, September 3, 2012

The Democrats Descend on Charlotte, North Carolina

The Los Angeles Times suggest the party is more unified than in any time in decades, "After decades of fighting, Democrats show unified front":

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There is something unusual about the gathering of Democrats in this steamy Southern city, something that may be more significant than just about anything said or done once the convention starts Tuesday.

It's the sense of harmony.

The famously fractious party that tore itself apart in the 1960s and 1970s over civil rights and the Vietnam War, that lost a series of blowout presidential elections in the 1980s and painfully reinvented itself in the 1990s, faces little of the infighting or self-doubt that for decades seemed as much a part of being a Democrat as worshiping FDR or watching the South, a former party bastion, inexorably slip away.

It is not as though President Obama is a shoo-in come November. Democratic strategists believe the election will be hard-fought to the end with, at best, a slight tilt toward the incumbent, thanks to shifting demographics and a narrowly favorable electoral map.

But the party is unified to a rare degree: behind the president and against GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans, to be sure.

Unified, behind the socialist president and against a GOP nominee who'll restore America to its traditional foundations --- and not a moment too soon.

RTWT at the top link.

And also at the New York Times, "A New Guide to the Democratic Herd."

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