"The only way to walk that path, of course, is to actually win elections. This is achieved by crafting an agenda that is attractive to a majority of voters, and hitching that agenda to candidates who give it a voice that attracts new adherents while repelling as few as possible."
When 1/2 the country has it's hand out, I don't know how that is supposed to happen. 1/2 the country thinks free stuff is better than effort, work, saving - traditional American values. Until the money runs out, I don't see it changing. We are now a welfare state. We will shortly be Greece. The same people with their hands out now will be rioting and burning the place down in a few years.
I don't know how you change 1/2 of the country. I just don't.