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Sean Wilentz: We Are Witnessing the Degradation of Democracy

I love American politics. I love everything about American politics. I love the political parties, the plotting and maneuvering. I love the corny paraphernalia. I love the buttons, and I love the slogans. Fifty years ago, a cousin of mine ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. His opponent, Clifford Case, was one of the most popular public officials in the state, an exemplar of a political species long since extinct, the rock-ribbed Northeastern liberal Republican.
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