In yesterday's N&R, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Dick Polman writes that Democrats need to "go for the gut" and appeal more to Americans' emotions. There's just one problem in Polman's mind:
But that is not what Democrats do.
They are cerebral by nature. They dislike emotional appeals. They fear that if they get too pugnacious, some voters might get mad. But as clinical psychologist and political consultant Drew Westen argues in his new book The Political Brain, this fear of gut-level combat is a big reason the Democratic Party keeps losing national elections.
Funny, but I thought Democrats did nothing but gut-level combat.