Nation: Is There Life After Disaster?

The Democrats must build a new a party base—and vision

Democrats wandering from the wreckage of their 1980 presidential campaign will be bitter and disconsolate for a while. But as the smoke lifts and they count their losses in the Senate and in the House, it may occur to them that in terms of the party's future, the defeat of Jimmy Carter, for all its landslide proportions, was not necessarily a disaster. Perversely, four years of Ronald Reagan may be what the Democrats need to recover the internal discipline and philosophical coherence—the party's "soul,"...

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