UNITED STATES - JUNE 25: Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; during the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture Rally on the "Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice." (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Images)

Sunday Question for Liberals

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist covering U.S. politics. A political scientist, he previously wrote "A Plain Blog About Politics." He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012."
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How aggressive should Democrats be in reaching out to libertarians on issues like civil liberties and policing? In terms of electoral effects, do you fear another Republican campaign against "card carrying members of the ACLU," or do you believe those issues no longer work against Democrats?

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