Well, y'all certainly are doing your level best to keep it that way. You don't like liberals, there's a Party that agrees with you. If you're willing to work with liberals on common goals, there's a Party with a lot of room for you.
The Religious Right doesn't expect its Party to get anything done for them; it expects its Party to fight really hard. Which it did. This will fuel feelings of fundie victimhood for decades to come -- if you thought the Republicans were batshit before, wait until you see what comes next.
Um, that's as may be, but the fact of the matter is that the US has successfully massively invested in both education and physical capital, so our workers are far more productive than many workers overseas. So, yeah, if we have a level playing field, US workers are going to make a lot more than workers in other countries, because they produce a lot more.
If you look at the numbers, they're absolutely awful. They really make no sense at all. I don't want to tangentialize this thread, but as someone who studies economics, I can tell you that their metrics for generousity are nonsensical.
I'm pretty sure that getting a civil unions bill passed and creating socialized health care for children aren't on the DLC ranch.
I agree that Dean is centrist on the environment and fiscally responsible almost to a fault -- and his position on guns is a bit to the right of the Democratic center. But he offers a lot, policy-wise, to progressives as well.