A former student stopped by my office for a chat. Back in the day, she was a prominent campus Democrat, working at the state legislature and moving in state party circles. She went to law school here, an experience that, if anything, should have confirmed her party affiliation, despite the presence of this guy on campus.
Not one to beat around the bush, so to speak, I asked her if she was still a Democrat. She chuckled and said, "well, Im a Zellocrat." She voted for GWB last fall, for reasons that are perfectly intelligible to anyone who pays attention to these matters. She has two handsome and lovely children, ages six and eight, so the "parent gap" comes into play. And she attends this church. So, in addition to the other cultural sticking points that make it difficult for her to return to the Democratic fold, theres abortion and gay marriage. She might have voted for Joe Lieberman, she said, so shes not exactly a "theocrat."
But until the Democrats can appeal to the Zellocrats on these perfectly obvious grounds, theyre playing a losing hand, not only (I think) in my part of the country, but all over.