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David A. Hopkins

Democrats Are Now United, and It’s Likely to Last

As the party’s popularity has waned in the South and in rural areas, it has become more cohesive.

Everyone’s getting along.

Everyone’s getting along.

Photographer: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images North America

This month’s extended fight over the House speakership confirms once again that America’s two major parties don’t operate as mirror images of each other. While Republicans engaged in a dramatic intramural battle — complete with threats, name-calling, and even an attempted physical confrontation — Democrats behaved with relative serenity, electing their leaders by acclamation.

The Democrats’ comparatively harmonious state is often ascribed to the talent of leaders such as President Joe Biden and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who are adept at cutting deals and enforcing discipline. But most of the credit for making the Democrats a more unified party belongs to the voters.