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The Democratic Party has reacted to its series of recent election losses by once again concluding that it needs a better economic message.The only disagreement within the party is about how sharp-edged and left-wing that message should be.After that, the two best predictors were "fears of cultural displacement" and support for deporting undocumented immigrants.Bill Clinton's party was careful to come across as moderate on many social issues. It had a middle-of-the-road position on immigration, and it was cautiously progressive on subjects like gay rights. The Democrats eventually moved boldly leftward in some of these areas, like gay rights, out of an admirable sense of principle. In a broader, cultural sense, the Democratic Party moved left because it became a party dominated by urban, college-educated professionals, and its social and cultural views naturally mirrored this reality.The party should take a position on immigration that is less absolutist and recognizes both the cultural and economic costs of large-scale immigration.
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