The WikiLeaks emails released last week show that, at least a few years ago, Hillary Clinton and her advisers were sympathetic to the deficit hysteria, Social Security cuts, and other budget-reduction fixations in the "Simpson Bowles" plan.
Hopefully they've evolved, as the party's platform suggests, because that's not the way to unite our divided nation. According to polls, Americans across the political spectrum could embrace an agenda that expands, rather than cuts, Social Security; creates jobs, rather than cuts spending; and restores the shredded social contract by raising wages, strengthening benefits, and blocking bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Victorious Democrats will need to look across our generational, racial, and gender divides, toward the concerns and causes that unite us. They won't find them in the old elite, patriarchal consensus.
Yes, the Republicans are fighting a civil war. But so are we all. If the Democrats are to forge a lasting coalition, they'll have to find a way to end our civil war and heal its wounds.
That is, if they win. If they lose, we may all have some pretty scary clowns in our future.