We had a lot of fun talking through the ways that the Republican Party is self-destructing through this election year. But what about the Democrats?
The competitive system at the core of our Democratic Republic functions to the extent that the two major parties stake out different sides of important issues and duke them out through an election, when the people of the nation get to weigh in. But what happens when one side is wallowing in irrelevance and the other side has little to say one way or another? Citizens who might otherwise vote are confused, angry, or simply apathetic and stay home. When one party loses its way, it’s up to the other one to capitalize on the moment and present its platform.
That is unlikely to happen as the Republicans square off against the Not-Republicans, aka Democrats. The vagueness of Occupy Wall Street made into a platform, of sorts – and historically pretty much what the party has usually been without strong leadership.