A friend of mine mentioned to me that she thought that it would be a really good idea for whoever is Democratic presidential candidate to “reach out to moderate Republicans”, thereby hopefully winning the election by much more than the razor-thin margins that she considers the reason for “excessive partisanship” in the US. Those familiar with this blog can probably guess that PhysioProf wasn’t buying that brand of horseshit. Exactly what I told her is below the fold.
If you take a look at various opinion polls, you’ll find that many of them suggest that the overwhelming majority (>60%) of the voting-age citizens of the United States support what is essentially the platform of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party–withdraw almost all troops from Iraq immediately; drastically roll-back the unconscionable tax cuts that the very-rich, ultra-rich, and corporations have accumulated over the last couple decades; provide single-payer universal health care to every person in the United States; restore the proper balance of powers between the Executive branch and the other two (particularly the Legislative); stop torturing, illegally surveilling, and otherwise violating our Constitution and treaties.
If a true progressive Democratic presidential candidate (Edwards is close, but lacking in a few respects) had the opportunity to promulgate his or her progressive platform to the people of the United States without the grotesque and despicable distorting effect of the corporate oligarchy controlled mainstream media, this candidate would win election by a landslide, without even attempting to specifically appeal to “moderate Republicans” .
Other than the 30% or so of truly batshit-insane neo-confederate wackadoodles (listen to the people that call in on the Republican phone line on C-SPAN’s morning show, Washington Journal if you want to know what I’m talking about), rational Republicans know that their party is in the grip of a core of truly evil and insane people. Enough of them know in their hearts what is best for their own pocketbooks and social freedom, as well as for the nation, that they will vote for a progressive Democrat without specific attempts to pander to “batshit-crazy-lite” Republicans.