5/25/12, "How Patronage Ruined the Democratic Party," Real Clear Politics, Jay Cost
"Today’s Democratic leaders talk a lot about equality, but their actions speak louder than their words. The party has come to play a double game—complaining loudly about inequality in society while enacting policies to advance the interests of its own clients. This has created a void in the body politic—one that the Republican party, which has long been the party of economic expansion rather than the ideal of social equality, is simply not able to fill.
With the exception of the Tea Party, there is no real faction out there making the case for an end to special privilege."... (end of p. 3) via Sharon Calvert