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Douthat on the dangers of Democratic unity

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Thanks to my friend Marcy Wheeler, I learned the other day that the progressive organization Justice Democrats commissioned a poll taken after the Charlottesville riots and other issues. It found — surprise, surprise — that “the overwhelming majority” of the Democratic electorate considers Mr. Trump’s “bigoted, racist, xenophobic” stance “reprehensible.” It also found that “broad majorities of Democrats support a strong movement” to impeach Mr. Trump.

And those findings are within the margin of error.

Just-released polls are worth digging into, of course, but the fact that 65 percent of Democrats regard Mr. Trump’s behavior as “reprehensible” may be something to keep in mind. Across the country, Democrats are voting for candidates who say they agree with you on everything except Mr. Trump. But you can’t rationally follow a path leading to a Democratic Party that essentially agrees with itself on the essentials.

Meanwhile, the polls find that Americans trust Mr. Trump less than he trusts himself to be fair and just. That’s two separate reversals of judgments about the president, in one year. It’s not just an aberration.

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