Donald Scott scoffs that there is no such thing as a Democratic moderate, one “who does not march in lock step to the mantras of Nancy Pelosi, Harry, Reid, and Barack Obama” (“Bring on Democratic moderates (ha!),” Letters, Aug. 31). With the Internet available to him, Scott could easily search congressional voting records to see how many times Democrats have broken ranks compared to Republicans. Even more to the point, he could look at the times Democratic breaking of ranks made a difference in the outcome as compared to Republicans breaking ranks.
Democratic ranks are filled with office holders who would have been Republicans before the GOP’s hard-right lurch. Contrary to Scott’s contention, Will Rogers’s famous line still applies: “I am not a member of any organized political party — I am a Democrat.”