Writing at CNN.com Alex Castellanos sums up his theme that the Democratic Party is more extreme than the Republican:
Which party is more extreme?
A Republican Party divided between 180 mainstream House members and 40 Ted Cruz mini-me’s? Or a Democratic Party united to preserve our fossilized, ineffective public sector?
I don’t know that I agree with him. I think that both parties have pretty much purged their moderates and the Congress is more polarized than it has been in 150 years. It is also less representative than it has ever been—nearly half of all Americans characterize themselves as “independents” and, interestingly, they’re indepenents with a remarkably consistent point of view.
Something to reflect on. The states with the greatest domestic outmigration per the 2010 census were all Blue states—New York, Illinois, California, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Connecticut—while the states with the largest domestic inmigration were Red states. Some, seeing that as a glass half-full, will interpret that as predicting that the Red states will become Bluer. That may be true. Another interpretation is that when you have a solid majority you can enact your program into law but you can’t necessarily make it work.