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From FDR to Goldman Sachs details the process by which the Democratic Party became a center-right party. The process of political realignment is well understood among political scientists but not among partisans/ The process to realign it away from Clintonism is starting anew and the civil war we are witnessing is part of it.
The book looks at the Party as a living entity, which is made by activists and voters. It also explains why Donald Trump won, and why Democrats made a mistake when they rejected Senator Bernie Sanders. He was the right man for the historical moment.While party leadership believes it has kept the dreaded progressives at bay, in reality, the process continues. As more of them run for office, the back bench is filling up with a new sort of politics.
Politics in the United States is becoming more radical for good reasons. We have areas of the country that are full of people who feel abandoned by both parties. Time will tell which party changes to fit the new politics faster. We are at a populist moment, and Democrats ignore this at their peril.