Could Democrats be an evenly divided party?

In the 21st century, one of the least pleasant things about politics is choosing a party to sit with at the party dinner table. How can it be possible that half of the party…

Could Democrats be an evenly divided party?

In the 21st century, one of the least pleasant things about politics is choosing a party to sit with at the party dinner table. How can it be possible that half of the party I have been on the national ticket with for the last three decades is on the other side of the table this time?

It is difficult. It is not only difficult, but also shocking. A few examples:

Senator Clinton wins the Democratic nomination over Obama, even with that most storied of moments on her favor in Philadelphia (right before her and his ego collided.) Then she goes on to win the presidency, largely because of Republican sexism. But then she loses the large majority of the independent and white female vote in the general election.

Those victories for Obama were the first in the history of the presidential election.

Yet it is Obama himself, not Clinton, that gets the very short end of the stick in reaction to the sex attacks. She is unfairly smeared, attacked from the start, and I stand by that. But regardless of all of that, the truth is that the Democratic Party seems to be so beholden to its dominant identity and its destiny as a “party of women” that it could not bring itself to confront her image in the same way that the other party did. Clinton was Barack Obama’s party after all, that is why it was so important. Yet somehow Obama has to be denounced for attacking, again from the get-go, an opponent and seeming to attack a real person, and not a caricature of a demon to be identified with.

These events give us a clear, painful reminder that the Democratic Party, if it is to win, will be either an evenly divided party led by its presidential nominee, or a party in which it struggles to maintain a minority or even poor position. But the fact is that we still have just one obstacle to overcome in the November election. What will it be? Anyone have any idea?

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