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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Democrats should stop calling themselves a “coalition.” They don’t think like a coalition, they don’t act like a coalition and they sure as hell don’t try to assemble a majority like a coalition.

Calling the Democratic Party a “coalition” is a venerable cliché of Democratic political life. But in recent years, it has basically become an empty one. The party’s working-class support has so markedly declined that Democrats largely have stopped describing the party as a “big tent coalition.” However, the notion that the party is nonetheless a coalition remains common.

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