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  1. Chris Peterson says:

    Actually, I would argue that that’s exactly what it is: my father’s Democratic Party. The political field has shifted so far to the right in recent years that we sometimes forget how we got here. Starting with the most progressive President in our history, Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom the unencumbered electorate liked so much that they chose him as our leader four times in a row, to Eisenhower, a Republican who rightly warned us of today’s military industrial complex, to Nixon, a Republican who gave us the EPA, and Reagan, who signed a nuclear proliferation treaty with the USSR and gave amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

    So no, this is precisely the Democratic Party of my father, and it’s about time we got back to demanding that the voice of the people be heard. And that’s not a call for radical change: 96 percent of Americans—including 96 percent of Republicans—believe money in politics is to blame for the dysfunction of the U.S. political system.

    So, sorry my friend, you missed this one by a mile.

  2. rl crabb says:

    We won’t really know the answer to that question until November, 2020. It will likely turn on the economy. If Americans are prospering, they will be unlikely to change horses, especially if they are led to believe that the Democrats will raise their taxes. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/12/democratic-party-moves-left/573946/

    • rl crabb says:

      Oh, and it will also depend on how much bullshit the electorate can stomach from El Presidente in the year ahead, if he survives that long.

    • Chris Peterson says:

      I wasn’t predicting how future elections may go, merely pointing out that the movement itself is more of a reflection past political positions than recent ones. Whether or not voters will, want to, or are allowed to voice their known opinions is a completely different question.

      What continues to amaze me is, knowing that independents are now a larger faction than either party, pollsters still insist on explaining everything from a two-party position, especially since, as independents go, so goes the election.

      Ah well.

      • rl crabb says:

        It also depends on whose father we are talking about. In our case, you are referencing several generations back. The current “moderate” Dems are us, and we adjusted to the times when conservatives were winning 49 states.
        I don’t know whether this new Hail Mary pass to the left will resonate with the majority of independents next year, but I do know that it is a different animal than the party Hillary Clinton presented.

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