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April 04, 2013


The Culture Wars Now Favor Democrats

Ron Brownstein: "For decades after the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, Republicans regularly provoked confrontations on a broad array of polarizing noneconomic 'wedge issues,' from crime and welfare to immigration and gay rights. Democrats, with a few exceptions, mostly tried through those years to neutralize the debates and quickly pivot back to economic terrain."

"Now, that has flipped. In Washington and in blue-leaning states, Democrats are forcing the collisions on these issues. Democrats may not win all of these fights legislatively, in Congress or in the state capitals. And in most red states, Republicans are still pursuing their own culturally conservative agenda, particularly on abortion. But the Democrats' willingness to take the offense on so many cultural issues represents a stark change--and a measure of their confidence that they now represent the national majority on these disputes."












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