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Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:11 AM

9. What some of us have been seeking might already be happening by osmosis

It might not be necessary to change our tactics if the GOP continues to disintegrate.

A month ago I was saying we should at least consider more drastic tactics, but we might be moving in the right direction of becoming a party that is coalesced around the idea of opposing the GOP as the party that opposes Democracy and has contempt for our founding principles and the Constitution.

The Republicans have become an identitarian party that is not seriously about issues (other than figleaves like abortion, "religious freedoms" and immigration) but simply opposing us. They are now clarifying who they are for all to see, and maybe we can coalesce around the idea of opposing them as fiercely as they oppose us. I thought for a long time this couldn't happen unless we actually made it happen, but it seems to be happening by itself. Voters motivated by anger at the other side, Ezra Klein argues (and IMO proves) in his book Why We're Polarized are consistently more reliable and turn out in greater numbers even in midterm elections. Voters like that do not "split the ticket." They vote straight ticket; they get out there no matter what.

At that point politics moves beyond policy and becomes about who we are as people.

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