… Democrats have emerged from the 2012 elections stronger, while Republicans look poorly positioned and divided. …
Victory inevitably produces over-confidence, while defeat gives politicians and political parties an opportunity to reassess and re-position.
Still, for too long Republicans have boxed themselves into the position of appearing to represent millionaires, Wall Street and extremists on social issues. Democrats, on the other hand, have succeeded in positioning themselves as defenders of the middle class, working men and women, minorities and the socially tolerant.
Of course these are caricatures, and therefore not entirely fair. But the polls tell the story. [cont.]
Stuart Rothenberg, Rothenberg Political Report