Since the midterm election of 2014, the conversation of the state of the democratic party and its future has really generated deep reflection. Here is another article on this topic from Will Marshall for POLITICO, published on October 10, 2014.
For all the roller coaster drama of the battle to control the Senate, the midterm elections won’t really change much. No matter which party ends up with a majority, Americans will still wake up on Nov. 5 to a seemingly immutable stalemate in Washington. But pragmatic progressives should take heart. Over the next two years they have an historic opportunity: to build a broad center-left majority that can break the paralyzing grip of polarization and get America moving forward again.
Read the full story here: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/democratic-party-moderates-111770.html#.VGqWgxaQzKA