Dems and GOP Go From Different Breeds to Different Species

The long 2016 presidential campaign, in which ten agonizing months still remain, has in many respects felt like two parallel campaigns-one Democratic and one Republican-that are occurring in two different countries. This is the case in part because at this point in the election cycle, with the possible exception of Hillary Clinton, no candidate has any urgent incentive to appeal to what is left of the American political center or to the swing voters who will determine the outcome of the general election. And most are focusing almost entirely on their respective political party bases.