He answered my e-mail with the same intelligence and willingness for discourse that I remember from his classroom years ago.
The left needs to do two things if it wants to have an impact: give itself time, and change the discourse.
They want to set the tone and determine the discourse and, much more importantly, have their hands on the levers.
late 14c., "process of understanding, reasoning, thought," from French discours, from Latin discursus "a running about," in Late Latin "conversation," from past participle stem of discurrere "run about," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense of "formal speech or writing" is first recorded 1580s.
1540s, from discourse (n.). Related: Discoursed; discoursing.