Good points made here. Too bad the screamers on the Right will drown out this kind of approach. The Republicans big mistake was catering to the extremists, racists, and evengelical nutjobs in order to take the South away from the Dems. Now, they're stuck with them. It's that age old question: Once you've jumped on a tiger's back, how do you dismount?
How strange that we seem to be still carrying on the same debate over what kind of government we have that Jefferson and Hamilton were conducting more than two hundred years ago.