Professor Allison Stanger, of Middlebury College, has written another excellent column — this one in The New York Times — in which she worries aloud about the increasing unwillingness of self-identified progressives to adhere to values that she treasures as linchpins of liberal thought.

I can't help but wonder whether Stanger may soon find herself in the company of individuals like former NPR reporter Juan Williams or red diaper baby David Horowitz — people who feel more welcome among conservatives than progressives.

Ronald Reagan also was a former Democrat. He famously said, "I didn't leave the Democratic Party; the party left me."

GOP shortcomings aside, what does the Democratic Party have to recommend it these days? A string of items ripped from recent headlines reinforces the question.

Judge Neil Gorsuch is highly qualified, widely regarded as temperate in disposition and respected. Every Democrat in the Senate in 2006 — including Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — voted in favor of his confirmation to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Their objections now are purely political and fraudulent.

It is Senate Democrats' fault that we were at a filibuster/"nuclear option" showdown. As Guy Benson concisely explained on Townhall last week, the Democrats' "toxic partisanship" started this with the inflammatory and false accusations made by former Sen. Ted Kennedy against Robert Bork in 1987.

Democrats scream about President Donald Trump's vulgarity, but they have no respect for real gentlemen, as shown by their treatment of Mitt Romney in 2012 and Vice President Mike Pence, who they try to smear as a freak because he doesn't have dinner or drinks alone with women other than his wife.

Trump is giving away his presidential salary. A few days ago, it was announced that his first quarter check was being given to the National Park Service. Opponents called it a "publicity stunt." Did Obama ever give away his presidential paycheck? Did the Clintons?

Where do the Democrats stand on honesty or law enforcement? Former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice lied about Benghazi and Bowe Bergdahl. Now she's on the hot seat regarding the Obama administration's surveillance of Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi and about using a personal email server to transmit confidential information.

The left seems incapable of defending any issue without resorting to accusations of hate, bigotry, baseless insults or vulgarity.

The so-called "party of science" denies biological and genetic facts whenever they're inconvenient. Among them: an unborn child is a biologically, genetically distinct human being.

The most sacrosanct, untouchable institution for the left is Planned Parenthood, an organization whose primary business model is killing unborn babies.

Speaking of Planned Parenthood, California encourages the filming of undercover videos to expose cruelty to animals but will prosecute anyone who secretly films Planned Parenthood admitting that it harvests and sells the body parts of aborted babies. Nice.

Democrats are still hiding behind that tired nostrum that they are "for the little guy." But nine of the top 15 wealthiest people in Congress are Democrats. The Clintons are multimillionaires, as are the Obamas.

Eventually, everything that starts as "choice" becomes a matter for government coercion for the left.

A columnist in Australia recently argued that being a stay-at-home mom should be illegal. Once kids reach school age, all parents should be forced to work outside the home. "[F]eminism," she writes, "is not about choice, it's about equality."

Yeah, thanks for clearing that up.

Is this your father's Democratic Party? Is it any wonder they're losing elections?

Laura Hollis is a University of Notre Dame business and law professor. Her column is distributed by Creators Syndicate. The opinions are the writer’s.

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