Should Democrats Recruit Pragmatists or Progressives?

A Republican friend of mine recently argued Democrats need to run candidates like former congressman Heath Shuler if they are going to become competitive again as a national party. The Democrats, he insisted, are just too liberal, especially culturally, to win where they must.

Given the Democrats’ ongoing debate over ideology, pragmatism and strategy, the mention of Shuler, a moderate-to-conservative Democrat who represented western North Carolina in the House from 2007 to 2013, got me thinking about where both parties stand. CONT.

Stuart Rothenberg, Inside Elections