This a open thread on the Democratic Debate. I’ll start.
Slate has this thing called Instant Spin Room where they show case real-time tweets from the left and the right in something that looks like a two-wheel slot machine. One conservative tweeter named Noah Rothman tweeted the following:
“The gun debate, and Dem inflexibility, is a facet of the fact that the Dem party has been reduced to urban and coastal enclaves.”
I find this rather odd for a variety of reasons:
1. This feels like a statement that can easily be reversed to “The gun debate, and Rep inflexibility, is a facet of the fact that the Rep party has been reduced to rural and exurban areas.”
2. Don’t urban areas have lots of people and this is what helped the Democratic Party have significant electoral advantages in 2008 and 2012?
I believe that political parties are a natural part of any kind of representative government and that these parties are going to have ideologies. So I am not surprised that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have different beliefs on gun rights and gun control. What does interest me is that Mr. Rothman seems to think either a few things:
A. The Democratic Party can be competitive in rural and exurban areas if they gave up on gun control. Evidence seems to suggest that this is not true. There have Democratic candidates in rural areas and states that tried to buck the national party on gun control. They still lose their elections usually;
B. Mr. Rothman thinks that is more worthy and/or virtuous to recruit non-urban and non-coastal voters. This is odd because Mr. Rothman appears to have grown up and been educated in New Jersey and possibly still lives in New Jersey. Last I checked, New Jersey was a coastal and significantly urban and inner-ring suburban state.