Moving Toward the Middle

Sick of caucuses, Sunbelt Democrats form--what else?--a caucus

The trouble with the Democratic Party is that to many voters its national leadership appears to be no more than a collection of shrill special-interest groups. Just look at the way the Democratic National Committee has not merely tolerated but officially recognized seven different caucuses, representing business, women, blacks, Hispanics, Asian-Pacific delegates, "liberal- progressives" and even homosexuals.

That, at least, is the bitter complaint of some of the party's prominent elected officials. Their solution? To form another caucus, of course, this one composed primarily of Southern and Western white males and operating outside, if not in opposition to, the National Committee.

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