What does Red America want?
Why Americans Hate Democrats—A Dialogue - Depressed liberals analyze what ails them.
Freud posed the same question about Woman and, as a feminist comedienne responded, "Why didn't he ask?
For the past 3 days liberal pundits have been rehearsing the received wisdom of the past decade about Culture Wars and speculating about what it would take for the Democratic Party to win back "middle American" voters. The most common proposals are: get religion, get "vision" and get simple.
The very fact that it has never occurred to any of them to ask is symptomatic of the conditions that created this cultural divide. Liberal pundits are so out of contact with middle Americans that they regard them as members of an alien culture whose beliefs, preferences, commitments and folkways are anthropological data. Why is it so dang difficult to figure out what they want? They aren't living on the moon, they speak English, they can articulate their beliefs, state their preferences and explain their priorities. They are amenable to reason.
So long as liberal pundits and politicos treat them as anthropological specimens, the Enlightenment Project is doomed.