Have the democrats learned enough? I doubt it.
Background to my question here:
a) In 2016 they nominated someone that had been the object of unbridled hatred of a decent-sized (and growing) portion of the populace for 25 years. A cottage industry had built up hating on HIllary Clinton. Millions (or dozens of millions) of Americans in effect had backed themselves into a corner and said they would never vote for HIllary Clinton. Never mind whether they had good reasons for this. This was what our fellow Americans had told us. OK, so that was the person that the Democrats chose to nominate.
One can debate the issue of whether it is ok to back down in the face of such hatred, and it certainly at the time did seem worth discussing whether any of the antipathy to HIllary had validity or perhaps the opposite was true and it was exactly the sort of misogyny that should be challenged, but I think in the end, there were some lessons there for the Democrats to learn about LISTENING to the folks who are going to cast votes. This includes conservatives and those whom you regard as unworthy.
b) scroll ahead to four years later. The nominee is appearing to be another older-generation politician who doesn't seem to say much, and when he does, seems to have average-or-higher foot-in-mouth disease. I don't know much about where he stands on some issues, but if he is the Democratic response to the man who is one of the worst (if not the worst) threats to the Constitution who has ever occupied the White House, then I question if that shows whether the Dems have listened properly. Maybe I'm just not hearing the good things that Mr. Biden is saying. I can say that the vetting process I'm hearing about for the VP nominee seems ok to me.