Ramesh Ponnuru has a good review of Why the Democrats are Blue: Secular Liberalism and the Decline of the People’s Party. Both authors believe that any consideration of the rather dramatic shift on cultural issues should not overlook the procedural changes of the McGovern Commission. Read the review here. To preview a future, more detailed post, I’ll throw out the question: is it good for our system of representative democracy to have stronger or weaker political parties, as defined by party bosses who can enforce party discipline?
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