Abstract

ABSTRACT:

The Democratic Party in the second year of the Trump presidency is simultaneously remarkably united and notably amorphous. At its best, exemplified in the tenacious fight to save the Affordable Care Act (ACA), airy pronouncements have given way to determined organizing. Radicals and moderates are playing the inside-outside game in the service of a common goal: to limit the damage from Trumpism and unified Republican control, and to claw back a majority. And yet, even if the 2018 midterms deliver electoral victories, the Democratic Party's legitimacy crisis remains acute. Without a coherent politics, the energy of our moment will dissipate, and with it the possibilities for real change. The historic barriers to moving American politics leftward have not disappeared. But they can be pushed back if Democrats formulate a powerful, collective vision.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1946-0910
Print ISSN
0012-3846
Pages
pp. 15-20
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-08
Open Access
No
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