Equality is the root of Democratic politics and policies.
Many voters seem to believe most 2020 Democrats are too far out on the edge (with the possible exception of Pete Buttigieg, for some reason) -- too progressive, too "angry," too female. Or they believe that other people believe this.
Forget that "centrist independent" nonsense. He's got no constituency but Wall Street, and there is no yearning in the voting populace for his "ideas."
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner tries the "extremes on both sides" gambit. #Fail
In a National Journal story, an adviser to Scott Walker openly boasts that Walker is going to flip-flop if he's the Republican presidential nominee next year.
Bear in mind: no major American politician has defended the “liberal” label for many decades, certainly not in the fearless way that Franklin D. Roosevelt did.
Don't believe what pundits say about today's elections.
I have been bemused for many years by the peculiar mindset represented by DC centrism. I have written about it a number of times over the years, in my book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Revolution-Best-America-Came/dp/0470395117">The Progressive Revolution: How The Best In America Came To Be</a></em>, and in many of my blog posts. DC Centrism embraces what the political establishment, especially including the big special interests who tend to control this town, thinks is right, even when the vast majority of Americans are opposed to it. For example, cutting Social Security, something 80% of Americans oppose, is a classic example of DC centrism. Another example is focusing obsessively about the deficit while ignoring new measures to create jobs, which is the reverse of what voters want the government to focus on. Bailing out, and now subsidizing, the Too Big To Fail banks is yet another example. And these 3 examples really just scratch the surface- there are so many ways that DC Centrism is different from what the centrist position of real voters is.
From this Wednesday on PBS, we got treated to another dose of David Brooks and his fetishism for “centrism”, with Charlie Rose leading the way, asking Brooks for “five big ideas, five big, bold ideas that you would like to see debated in the
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