Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sarah Jones: "There Is No Silent Centrist [Democratic] Majority

"The Base Of The Democratic Party Is Further To The Left Than Moderates Realize"
   This is consistent with my alarmism about the Dems:
   At last week’s inaugural Opportunity 2020 conference in Columbus, Ohio, one moderate Democrat after another acknowledged that all the noise in the party comes from the left wing. “There is no question there is a lot of volume and emotion and energy around the more activist wing of our party,” said Jim Himes, a U.S. representative from Connecticut who chairs the New Democrats, a coalition of 68 business-friendly House Democrats. “It’s accurate to say most of the energy on Twitter is on the far left, and a lot of the energy in Washington is on the far left,” Matt Bennett, Third Way’s vice president of public affairs, told BuzzFeed. “The only narrative that has been articulated in the Democratic Party over the past two years is the one from the left,” former Delaware Governor Jack Markell told NBC News.
   But these centrists feel that many Democrats, maybe even most of them, are being drowned out by the left. “If you look throughout the heartland, there’s a silent majority who just wants normalcy, just wants to see that people are going to go out to Washington and fight for them in a civil way and get something done,” said Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “There’s a lot of people that just don’t really like protests and don’t like yelling and screaming.”
   There are certainly some Democrats who feel that way. And it is certainly true that voters in some districts prefer moderate Democrats to their left-wing alternatives, as shown by the recent elections of Representative Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania and Senator Doug Jones in Alabama. But there is increasingly less evidence to support the notion, pushed by many leaders at last week’s conference, that there is a widespread hunger in today’s Democratic Party today for political compromise and moderate policies. Party leaders might be centrist, but the base is not.
   Though, contra me and this piece:  This is mostly about how Dems say on surveys that they want more "free" stuff. Which is not great, but it's not the stuff that really drives me nuts. I'm more concerned about the crazy PC/SJ culture war stuff. On that front, only "abolishing ICE" is even mentioned in the story. Also, what people say they want on surveys isn't necessarily what they're going to push for in a deliberate moment. 
   So, though I am inclined to agree that the Democrats' left is running wild...I didn't find much in the story to support my prejudice... But I'll keep looking.


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