This article is built on the myth that there’s such a thing as a moderate Democrat. That critter hasn’t existed since President Obama’s inauguration. In 2007, Margaret Anderson-Kelliher, then the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, insisted that the DFL majority was a fiscally moderate caucus. Less than 2 months later, DFL Rep. Cy Thao told GOP Rep. Steve Gottwalt at a committee hearing that “When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money.

That same year, when asked about all the tax hikes hidden in his transportation bill, DFL State Sen. Steve Murphy saidI’m not trying to fool anybody. There’s a lot of taxes in this bill.” The DFL of 2007 isn’t as nutty as today’s DFL.

Democrat superdelegates are planning how to steal the Democrats’ presidential nomination from Bernie Sanders. They aren’t hiding their plans. They’re simply telling reporters what they’re planning and why they’re motivated to steal the nomination from Sen. Sanders:

From California to the Carolinas, and North Dakota to Ohio, the party leaders say they worry that Mr. Sanders, a democratic socialist with passionate but limited support so far, will lose to President Trump, and drag down moderate House and Senate candidates in swing states with his left-wing agenda of “Medicare for all” and free four-year public college.

Earlier this week, Newt Gingrich announced that he’s writing a book about House Democrats that he calls “the radical 200.” Newt then said that “the entire Democratic Party is marching off a left-wing cliff. There’s a bill, for example, that would raise the FICA Tax, your Social Security tax, by 19% and they had 206 Democrats signed onto it.”

Social Security is the third rail of American politics. Anyone that thinks that these Democrats aren’t in huge trouble is kidding themselves. That’s political suicide. Ed Morrissey puts it quite succinctly in this post:

The superdelegates and other party officials are warning Pelosi and Schumer that vacillation will cost them their party, one way or the other. It’s not just the megadonors who see Sanders as a disaster on a grand enough scale that they’re willing to risk utter ruination to stop it. If the party leaders won’t lead, these same establishment figures will start looking for replacements who can.

When people claim that Sanders’ rise is not really that big of a deal and that he’s not as extreme as he’s being painted, they should read this NYT report carefully. Democrats aren’t making these kinds of plans over someone who’s just a skosh off their center. They know Sanders better than most, and they’re outright scared of putting him within voting range of the White House, enough to burn the party to the ground to stop it. That tells us all we need to know about Sanders.

Bill Clinton’s Democrat Party doesn’t exist anymore. Barack Obama’s Democratic Party exists by its fingertips. By the time the electors assemble in the state capitols, that Democratic Party will be almost as extinct as the Dodo Bird. The so-called moderates sound moderate until they get their election certificates. That’s when they turn into AOC supporters.

Democrats would be wise in the long-term if they jettisoned Bernie, AOC, et al. They wouldn’t have to sound totally nutty on the environment. Democrats wouldn’t have to treat farmers and other blue collar workers like dirt like AOC treats them like dirt. Best of all, Democrats wouldn’t have to live in fear of getting primaried.

3 Responses to “The moderate Democrats myth”

  • eric z says:

    Republican-lite Blue Dogs and New Dems are just regular conservatives serving the 1%. Rockefeller Republicans are, after all, Republicans. Pelose, Hoyer, Schumer, Biden, the Clintons, are all serving the 1%; as is Trump. Of the bunch, Trump is not a Rockefeller Republican – he’s a loose canon with his family’s brand of Koolaid. He’s more profit center than public servant. Why do YOU think the Saudis always stay at Trump hotels? Paying dues, is what it is. How many of you guys will get sucked into buying Newt’s book? Bolton’s? Why bother?

  • Gary Gross says:

    I hope you’re being sarcastic, Eric. Blue Dog Democrats were reasonable people, albeit a bit misguided. This is an entirely different era. Thanks to the TEA Party & the populist movement, there’s a legitimate opportunity to shove the corporatist/elitist agenda off a cliff.

    Bernie’s policy prescriptions don’t work. They’ve been tried many times & they’ve never worked. Period. Full stop. The US public health care system (CDC, NIH, etc.) is the best in the world. Period.

    AOC & Ilhan Omar aren’t just nasty people. They’re stupid, too. An essential part of leadership is integrity. These ladies don’t have any integrity. Neither do Schumer & Pelosi. Their first instinct was to try & gain a political advantage. That’s sick. Republicans didn’t attempt to gain a political advantage. That isn’t because they’re super-virtuous people but because they understand that doing the right thing in times of crisis makes for great politicking. This isn’t complicated. Do the right thing. Work together & get rewarded.

    Pushing socialism & single-payer isn’t what the people want. Listen to all the people. You’ll be amazed how much easier it is to do what the people want.

  • Chad Q says:

    I wish he was sarcastic but while Eric beats conservatives and democrats down for serving the 1%er’s, he’s drinking the Kool-Aid out of the Bernie/Warren glass thinking socialism or communism will solve all the problems in the US. Sadly it is really the Kool-Aid of the Jim Jones glass that he is drinking and he along with every other economically illiterate person who believes universal health care and free everything will be great, will die and the political class that created yet another mess will continue to thrive on the stupidity of the ill informed voters.

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