SALENA ZITO: What Today’s Democrats Don’t Get:
Franklin D. Roosevelt understood what it meant to be a core Democrat and to maintain his party’s ranks.
He built winning coalitions around his policies by empowering previously suppressed groups, such as labor unions and urban ethnics. In the process, he created a 40-year dynasty for Democrats.
Today’s bunch? Not so much.
The problem for FDR’s party is that it hasn’t adapted swiftly enough to two realities — that jobs are the most important issue to the nation, and that the middle class (which Democrats claim to champion) is dissolving under its watch.
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