The Republican Presidential Candidate Must Find America’s Moral Center

From a Wall Street Journal column by William A. Galston headlined “GOP’s Presidential Candidate Must Find America’s Moral Center”:

For decades after the upheaval of the 1960s, Democrats found themselves mostly playing defense on cultural issues. In recent years that’s changed. As Republicans have shifted to the right on some of these issues, the country’s moral center—characterized by moderation, decency and respect for others—has asserted itself against the GOP’s excesses.

That doesn’t mean Democrats have been given a pass for their own transgressions. When they have gone too far in areas such as crime (“defund the police”), immigration (“abolish ICE”), and restraints on speech (cancel culture), voters have rebuked them, and candidates have been forced to choose between ideological purity and political viability.