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Centrist Democrats push back against party’s liberal surge

By Washington Post

Moderates warn that left-leaning proposals could prompt a backlash among votersRead full story

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  • Haven't we already seen how a moderate fared against Trump in the last election? Aren't we seeing the collapse of centrism in Western Europe? The far-right will benefit unless the left provides the alternative.

  • Time to rethink the two party system? It’s not a constitutional issue... it’s a tradition. And there are as many shades of red as there are of blue...

    Yes, there are pros and cons. Like the need to form coalitions. But it’s time we stop painting everyone with the same shade if they are in a party.

  • Just what we’ve all been waiting for, more 2020 candidates all white male centrist democrats. “Over the coming weeks, a second wave of candidates could adopt a line closer to Brown’s. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe have all been preparing campaigns that would promise an ability to win over Trump voters.”

  • Steve Jenks
    Steve JenksBoeing (retired)

    It’s time both sides listen to each other, which by definition, means meeting somewhere in the middle.

  • This is an example of Beltway Pundit’s Disease, the tendency to treat every issue and campaign as a horse race, to position every problem as equally attributable to both sides, and to assume Democrats are always “in disarray.”

    The country has spent more than two years adjusting to a wholesale destruction of political norms. It seems to me that this is an environment where classic pundit tropes have little value.

    The so-called centrist Democrats have no leverage ... and little political incentive

    This is an example of Beltway Pundit’s Disease, the tendency to treat every issue and campaign as a horse race, to position every problem as equally attributable to both sides, and to assume Democrats are always “in disarray.”

    The country has spent more than two years adjusting to a wholesale destruction of political norms. It seems to me that this is an environment where classic pundit tropes have little value.

    The so-called centrist Democrats have no leverage ... and little political incentive to align with Republicans, who suffered losses in 2018 in a surprising number of districts that were considered safe prior to Election Day.

  • Norman Crouse
    Norman CrouseSinger-songwriter

    Even if you agree with the direction the liberal wing of the party is taking, it must be tempered by electability. Any party that gets too far ahead (or behind) too many voters is going to struggle on election day.

  • Igor Khait
    Igor Khait

    There are only three possibilities: 1 - AOC and her ilk will loose in the intra party struggle, 2 - they win and destroy democratic party, 3 - they win while keeping dems intact and destroy USA as a viable country. I prefer case one but can live with case 2

  • This only furthers the question I have been asking myself for sometime regarding Democratic centrists vs. Democratic progressives: Are they even the same party now? For all intents and purpose, their actions would seem to indicate they’re not. Far more zeal and venom is often reserved for others in their own party, and not their common adversary.

  • Wanda Schwerer
    Wanda Schwererretired

    Many Democrats labeled as moderate may not be listening to their constituents. Some I consider to be Democrats in name only. Others are being labeled incorrectly for the ease of reporting on a topic.

  • Michael Perez
    Michael Perez

    More Democrats voted for president Trump because even a centrist Democrat has become less electable. In my opinion an even farther left leaning Democrat has less of a chance at the presidency. Please, don't New Yorkers need jobs. Do you think people would give up flying as a form of transportation? Where is the common sense?

  • William Wood
    William WoodOwner at William Wood

    The battle lines are drawn, but be aware, AOC is making a list and checking it twice.

  • br wh
    br wh

    Populism is a dirty word on the right and left. The establishment fights them at their peril.

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