Thomas Edsell makes a compelling point about the divergent interests within the democratic coalition and the potential for instability that creates. When David Bois starts suing firefighters on behalf of the state of Rhode island, you know something's up in liberal land For the Republicans, the potential for instability is equally potent. But I don't see that as a bad thing. The current north/south, urban/rural, religious/secular, white/nonwhite fault lines haven't worked out so well for everyone except the 1%, who seem to do well no matter whose in power. Maybe a shifting coalition or two would shake things up.