Umm, that would mean the Dems would need to be moving to the right to return to their roots. And that's not the direction they've been moving. At least that's my observation.
POSTED BY DANIEL AT 2019-09-18 10:12 AM | REPLY
Democrats Aren't Moving Left. They're Returning to Their Roots.
Many on both sides are worried about the party's leftward swing. They say it's a deviation from the mainstream. It's not.
By JOSHUA ZEITZ November 04, 2018
Be advised: "Democrats are in danger of going too far left in 2018." So warn Republicans like Mitt Romney and ex-Democrats like Joe Lieberman and public personae as diverse as James Comey and Howard Schultz. In recent months, the pundit class has determined that the party's leftward lurch heralds the rise of a "liberal tea party""a movement that could very well unmoor Democrats from their longstanding center-left traditions, in close imitation of the spiral of events that caused the Republican Party to turn sharply to the right in recent years.
What's fueling this argument? For one, more Democrats have rallied, either noisily or cautiously, around such policy innovations as "Medicare for all," universal college and a universal basic income. That a smattering of Democratic candidates have elected to call themselves "democratic socialists" has only fueled the claim that such programs are "socialist." "The center is Harry Truman and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, not Eugene Debs and Michael Harrington," warned New York Times opinion columnist Bret Stephens recently. (Debs and Harrington were self-identified socialists.)
But there's something wrong with this historical interpretation: Truman strongly supported single-payer health care. Moynihan supported a universal basic income in the 1960s. Dating back to World War II, Democrats sought to make a government-paid education available to as many Americans as possible. If Democrats are marching to the left, that road leads directly back to platforms and politicians who, in their day, commanded wide support and existed firmly in the mainstream of political thought.