Blah, blah. Being lukewarm about our goals and constantly "triangulating",to water down or completely nullify our whole agenda is why we keep losing to right wing lunatics who have the courage of their "convictions" as asinine as those usually are.
If Dems would stand proud and unashamed about their policy goals they would win. The Clinton's taught everyone how bad it is to be liberal. They poisoned the discourse by caving to republican policies.
Obama continued this trend. He was far right on economic and fiscal policies. The whole Democratic leadership is terrified of being really progressive in any economic sense. They push Public, private partnerships and other obviously faulty policies to appease the centrist voters they fetishize as being their core constituency. The true left is ignored and taken for granted whenever policy is made.
Then they wonder why they keep losing.
And always draw the wrong conclusion,that they haven't been accommodating enough of conservative policies,the republicans never compromise,they are not in the majority.,but they keep winning or holding their own.
Because they are not pandering to liberals. They know what they want and just go after it.
The Dems never do this,because the Donors don't want any change.They like the status quo.
So incidentally, do the Republicans.