Grant McCracken puts the point I was trying to make below much more clearly than I did. . .
This is a problem with a large part of the Democrat base. They will not accept that the opposition has a position. They prefer to think of ideology as symptomatology . . .
The Democrats, so deeply feeling, so prepared to feel someone’s pain, have failed at this simply anthropological task: know the other as they know themselves. Or at least well enough to take them on.
This point feeds directly into the theme of my talk on the relationship between identity and belief at Cato U last week. I'll try to expand on this later if I get a chance.