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Response to Hortensis (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 11:16 AM

4. We can call it a mindset

I pretty much agree with your larger point. While there is a true centrist faction of Democratic leaders, they are now in a clear minority. They were more powerful as recently as 2008, when Senators like Baucus, Bayh, and Lieberman held more sway within our caucus.

In some ways I see our divide now breaking down more along the lines of Liberals who are looking straight ahead vs Liberals who keep looking over their Right shoulder out of fear they might slip out of step with America.

It wasn't long ago that the mere phrase "Medicare for All" was much more controversial among Democratic leaders. Not because they had much in the way of ideological resistance to it, but out of concern that Americans weren't "ready" for that progressive a stance. Same thing for pushing for a livable wage rather than merely a more nominal increase in the minimum wage. There are other examples.

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