At the national level, for most of my life, when we nominated a liberal Democrat for president, we lost, when we nominated a moderate or conservative Democrat, we won, but things have changed.
There isn’t the same sort of middle America there was from 1960-2010. today, we have a black and white America, with about 50% on each side, yes, there is a small number of folks on the right who hate Trumps style, but they mostly agreed with his substance. A moderate is not going to draw them away from the GOP, then there are the 50% of us. I will not vote for a moderate GOPer, because I understand that the Kasich/Romney/Flake GOP is as evil, if not as stupid as the Trump GOP.
And yes, there may be a few moderate Dems who would vote for a “moderate GOPer if they were set with either voting for Flake or Alex Ocasia-Cortez, but today, the real key is getting another 10% of your side to the polls. exciting progressives can do that. they did it in FLA and GA, look at the turnout in the past several statewide elections in both states (and others), moderate, centrist candidates mean the young, the marginalized stay home. They believe it doesn’t matter.
They believe the candidates are not in touch with their no-health-care/no-day-care/not-enough-paycheck-for-survival real world. good, charismatic leaders who have fought thru the system get it, and voters sense that. if the DNC move back to the middle (who am I kidding, they never left the middle) we will go back to a minority opposition party, even though, with good progressive leadership, we could be on a cusp of an era similar to the FDR-LBJ era, where Dems dominated, because they were in touch with the people.
They promoted generations of progressive ideas. for nearly 40 years, Dems had great, progressive liberal ideas, SS/MC, Civil Rights (though it took a fair amount of outside agitating), human rights, workers’ rights, and so many other ideas to bring us to a “Great Society.”
In 1972, McGovern was a little too far to the left for mainstream America, or more likely, we let Nixon and his dirty tricks (boy, that sounds familiar) persuade America that McGovern was too extreme… Anyway, we turned our back, we nominated liberals like Mondale and Dukakis, both men I respected, but both were less than charismatic.
We need Alexs Betos, Gillums Staceys. In fact, we have them! we need them on the ticket in 2020, we need them in congress and the senate, we need to build on the victories of this week.
Yes, we lost some close ones.
Yes, they were probably stolen.
Yes, the challenges will probably fail, but the exciting progressive candidates are leading the way. They are not the problem. The “middle is best” mentality is the problem.