The State-by-State Revival of the Right - NYTimes.com
by Thomas Edsall
At the state level, Democrats have been complacent, as dangerous and foolish as that might be. They have failed to combat effectively the determination of business interests and of ideological conservatives to secure power. This determination on the right drove the Republican Party to successfully focus on crippling the left in state races in 2010 and 2012, turning the contests of 1980, 1994 and 2010 into Republican wave elections.
Democrats today convey only minimal awareness of what they are up against: an adversary that views politics as a struggle to the death. The Republican Party has demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice principle, including its historical commitments to civil rights and conservation; to bend campaign finance law to the breaking point; to abandon the interests of workers on the factory floor; and to undermine progressive tax policy – in a scorched-earth strategy to postpone the day of demographic reckoning.
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