Just to add some balance to WaPo's opinion piece, here are some facts about what it takes to be a Democrat in today's world.
Someone ought to study the Republican Party. I am not referring to yet another political scientist but to a mental health professional, preferably a specialist in the power of fixations, obsessions and the like. The GOP needs an intervention. It has become a cult.
To become a Republican, one has to take a pledge. It is not enough to support the party or mouth banalities about Ronald Reagan; one has to promise not to give the government another nickel. This is called the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” issued by Americans for Tax Reform, an organization headed by the chirpy Grover Norquist. He once labeled the argument that an estate tax would affect only the very rich “the morality of the Holocaust.” Anyone can see how singling out the filthy rich and the immensely powerful and asking them to ante up is pretty much the same as Auschwitz and that sort of thing. Read more here (if you can stand it)
You have to believe electing man with a postage stamp sized resume as President, in the middle of a recession and two wars, was a good idea.
You have to think it is OK for Barack Obama to kill terrorists without even attempting to capture them, but it was wrong for George Bush to capture them and lock them up in Guantanamo Bay.
You have to believe we can spend our way out of debt.
You have to believe Congress should pass bills so we can learn what is in them.
You have to believe it is OK to ask for people's ID when they buy cigarettes, but wrong to ask for an ID when they vote.
You have to believe that since CO2 is rapidly increasing and the temperature has leveled-off, that somehow proves CO2 is causing global warming.
You have to believe that the government regulating the Internet will somehow make it freer.
You have to believe the Post Office is so well run, it would be a good idea for the government to take over our health care.
You have to believe that taxpayer-funded government jobs somehow add more value to the economy than private sector jobs.
You have to believe that in-spite of the fact unemployment went up from 7% to 9%, the stimulus somehow saved the economy.
You have to believe the government can fix everything, in-spite of the fact they have never fixed anything.
You have to believe that people and businesses who work hard, play by the rules and succeed are somehow evil.
You have to believe that in-spite of the fact almost half of Americans don't pay any income taxes, the half actually paying taxes are not paying their fair share.Who is in a cult now?