Extremism is in. Radical ideologies are being mainstreamed. Leftism has moved from the fringe of the Democratic Party to its heart and soul. There may be some Democrats who are (or were) considered moderates before, but they are either being forced to embrace far-leftism or they’re being forced out.
In fact, the only Democrat who will likely win his election on a fairly centrist platform is Joe Manchin (D-WV) who I predict will actually become a Republican before his 2024 reelection campaign. He will adopt a saying from a former Democrat-turned-Republican, Ronald Reagan. He won’t be leaving the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party is leaving him.
The reason there are no moderate Democratic candidates is because Donald Trump’s 2016 victory accelerated a plan that has been in the works since Al Gore’s 2000 election loss. The plan since then has been to abandon the ideals of Bill Clinton and embrace a more radical tone. No, it wasn’t Democratic leadership that launched the plan. In fact, they’ve been fighting it ever since. But 2016 blew any hopes that moderate Democratic leadership had of steering the party back towards the center.
This is now the party of Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren.
It is now the party of socialism, abortion-on-demand, gungrabbing, and mob rule. Some would say it has always been, but until their humiliating 2016 loss, there was at least an attempt to hold on to pragmatic centrism. Remember, even Barack Obama initially ran in opposition to gay marriage and illegal immigration, among other things that are anathema in today’s Democratic Party.
Even if a Democrat holds a handful of non-leftist views, they are going to vote with their caucus. That means they will vote against life, border security, and private healthcare. It means they will vote in favor of gun control laws, expanding Obamacare, and raising taxes.
They will do this 100% of the time. Unlike the Republican Party, Democrats will not be allowed to dissent with their caucus. They won’t have problems like Lisa Murkowski or Susan Collins in their midst. They will be in lockstep with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Even if their personal views contradict the path of the Democratic Party, none of them will buck their caucus on any issue that matters.
Democrats have allowed far-leftism to take over because they had no choice. Forces at the top that got Hillary Clinton nominated no longer hold sway. For the first time in the party’s history, they will be unified whether they like it or not.
Mainstream media will attempt to paint every Democratic candidate they can as a centrist. Don’t believe it. Don’t let anyone you know believe it. Even if someone has been a centrist in the past, they’ll change the moment they’re allowed on Capitol Hill.