... The Democrats now look like the natural party of government. Bush had already established a reputation for being unable to get anything right in the actual business of governing; all that was supposedly left was political prowess, and now that’s gone too. And even the news media have, I think, begun to notice that we aren’t the “center-right” country of fantasy, we’re a diverse nation, ethnically and otherwise, in which a lot of liberal ideas have become perfectly mainstream. ...Paul Krugman, Economics and Politics
Republicans would disagree. But their disagreement doesn't work anymore. We were never "center-right." We have been a nation stretched too far in one direction, like a rubber band that finally breaks and snaps back, stinging your fingers. We were stung; we hurt; we've recovered.
Or so we hope. But Krugman is worried.
... You know what could really produce the kind of dispirited base that was supposed to doom Obama in 2012? A sellout on key Democratic values as part of a Grand Bargain. ...Paul Krugman, Economics and Politics