Progressives must reclaim the tradition of Thoreau – Gandhi and King — and deny the right the moral high ground.
The only way the Republican Party has gotten here is by decades of running on an ideological vision – as described in the book “Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats” (see my review here and application to health care – interviewing co-author David Hopkins, here).
That ideology in turn is founded on presumptions of moral superiority: ‘real Americans’ -‘makers vs. takers’ – ‘the Moral Majority’ etc.
Conservatism is always about defense of hierarchy – with different flavors of moral superiority playing to different branches of the conservative movement.
Now however that claim has reached an absurd end – as Paul Krugman pointed out on Twitter.