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Can Democrats grow a spine before American democracy collapses in a limp, lifeless heap?

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So much of today is about finally reckoning with Reagan. Decades late, but we're running out of time.

Haunted by the Reagan era https://www. thing/wp/2019/07/05/feature/haunted-by-the-reagan-era/ "

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"When these leaders plead for their party to stay in the middle, they're crouching into the defensive posture they've been used to since November 1980, afraid that if they come across as harebrained liberals, voters will turn them out again," Grim writes. (He also notes that millionaire donors really like this less confrontational version of the Democratic Party.) But the Pelosi clique has failed to notice that the electorate has changed, too young to remember the culture wars of the 1960s and '70s, and now convinced that progressive ideas like universal health care and universal public college aren't harebrained at all. Republicans have changed, too, since the Reagan-Biden era, when the two parties could fix Social Security over a bourbon or two.

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The other problem, as I see it, is that political bullying works. For decades now we've talked about the Republicans as America's "Daddy Party" stern, tougher on defense or crime and Democrats as a "Mommy Party" that's more nurturing and supportive of a social safety net (and thus uber-performing with women voters). But in today's deeply dysfunctional family in Washington, Mommy is terrified of an abusive Dad who's constantly drunk on authoritarianism. It's only the kids, AOC and her bold congressional colleagues like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, willing to speak up about the elephant in the room.

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Will Bunch is author of the new "Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future", published by Free Press, which examines the calculated effort by the modern right wing to canonize the 40th president, (more...)

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