Opinion | What Is the Winning Formula for Democrats?

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To the Editor:

Re “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Why Democrats’ ‘Talking Points Are Not Enough’” (news article, nytimes.com, Nov. 21):

A.O.C.’s youth and lack of experience are showing. She is talking as if far-left progressives are the only people in the world. In fact, the voting public is made up of a majority of centrists and conservatives. That the Democratic Party is at war with itself further erodes the confidence of the American people.

The country was badly divided after the election. Only a year has gone by, and it has not been particularly successful for the Democrats. What is needed is for the Democrats to show they can govern and get things done. They have done so little in part because the progressives are acting like greedy children and insisting that they want the whole cake, and they want it now.

If this continues the Democrats will lose their majority and any chance of even moderate change. They will in fact see a concerted effort to roll back whatever changes have been enacted. It will be a self-inflicted wound.

Bruce Higgins
San Diego

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Re “Democratic Socialists Need to Take a Hard Look in the Mirror,” by Fredrik deBoer (Opinion guest essay, nytimes.com, Nov. 16):

The biggest problem Americans have with socialism is the word itself. After almost a century of Republicans using it as a cudgel to batter Democrats — even Democrats who couldn’t be further from socialism — is it any wonder that the word gets no traction in this country?

Socialist ideas are deeply embedded in this country; the police, military, sanitation are socialist institutions, but fortunately nobody calls them that. The best thing socialists can do to help themselves is retire the name.

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