Politics How mainstream Democrats are flexing their muscle in 2021
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The first five months of President Joe Biden's term show the moderate wing of the Democratic Party still has a lot of juice left.
We see that in the Senate, where moderates like Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona areof major filibuster reform.
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But it's not just in Congress.
Democrats have or seem poised to choose moderates over more progressive opponents in some key primaries, which shouldn't be surprising -- Democrats throughout the nation are not looking to take the Party in a more liberal direction.
A lesson we've learned over and over again is that Democratic voters are more moderate than commonly assumed. In ourtaken in late April, 55% of Democratic voters (including independents who lean Democratic) said they were moderate. Only 25% called themselves very liberal. Even combining the very liberal with somewhat liberal gets you to just 43%.
Thesein the last two years, so it does not seem Democratic voters are becoming more liberal in the last two years.
'We need more': Democrats frustrated as agenda faces hurdles
EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — They have spent much of the past year fighting for Democrats in this working-class corner of northeastern Pennsylvania, knocking on thousands of doors, giving their evenings to phone banks and devoting weekends to voter registration drives. But the small group of progressive activists gathered recently at the Edwardsville Pierogi Festival could not contain its frustration with the pace of change in Washington under the party they helped elect.“We need more,” said Alicia Duque, a 35-year-old mother of three and volunteer organizer for the progressive group Action Together. “It’s taking too long.
Democrats on the whole seem fairly pleased with where the Party is. The vast majority (80%) say the Party is going in the right direction compared to 9% who believe it is going in the wrong direction in. There are more than twice as many (22%) dissatisfied in the GOP with the direction that their Party is going.
The truth is that Democrats don't want the Party to head in a more liberal direction. Ataken at the beginning of the year found that 34% believe the Party should become more liberal, 34% said it should be more moderate and 31% argued it should stay the same. Previous polling that didn't give the option of staying the same showed "more moderate" beat out "more liberal."
Again, this differs from the Republican Party, where members are considerably more likely to say they want the Party to move to the right (40%) than move to the middle (26%).
Opinion: The NFL needs to use Juneteenth to examine its race-norming past
The NFL celebrates Juneteenth but the league should do is use this day to reflect on why it used race-norming against its Black players.In a memo to all teams that was destined to be leaked to the media, Goodell, in part, wrote: "This year, as we work together as a family and in our communities to combat the racial injustices that remain deeply rooted into the fabric of our society, the NFL will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 19th as a recognized holiday and our league offices will be closed. It is a day to reflect on our past, but more importantly, consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future.
Indeed, Biden won the 2020 primary betting on the fact that Democrats were different than Republicans in how they chose a candidate. It's a bet he won.
This year, it's a bet a lot of Democrats are winning in state and local primaries.
A few weeks ago, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe easily won the Democratic nomination for the state's governorship. Heof the vote, while no other candidate reached even 20%. Lee Carter, a , won less than 3%.
McAuliffe is a former head of the Democratic National Committee andan "establishment corporate" Democrat by the Virginia Justice Democrats. Of course, McAuliffe had the advantage of name recognition and of formerly being governor.
Still, throughout Virginia's other primaries, progressive challenges often fell short. As, a number of more liberal delegates in the state's lower legislative body were defeated last Tuesday.
This isn't just a Virginia story. Gov. Phil Murphy, a mainstream Democrat, didn't even face a primary challenge in New Jersey on Tuesday. Thehas him up by more than 20 points in the general election.
China Threat: Flexing Military Muscle
With the world’s attention focused on today’s summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Joe Biden, half a world away the President of another superpower, President Xi of the Peoples Republic of China, was undertaking his largest air incursion into Taiwanese airspace to date. 28 PRC fighter jets lit up Taiwanese air defenses and scrambled that country’s F-16 fighters on Tuesday. The timing of it all, with President Biden abroad and demonstrating repeated gaffes and occasional confusion on the world stage, may not have been accidental. Doug McKelway has more.
The patterns seen in New Jersey and Virginia were apparent earlier this year when Troy Carter beat Karen Carter Peterson in a special election to represent Louisiana's 2nd district in Congress. Peterson hadof the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC.
Perhaps the greatest test of moderate pushback will be this upcoming week in New York City, the country's most populated city. Eight years after Bill de Blasio won on a left-wing platform, moderates have been leading in most of New York City's Democratic primary polling. In fact, of the four candidates in the best position to win, only Maya Wiley (by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) is in the more liberal camp of candidates.
If one of the more moderate candidates (Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia or Andrew Yang) emerges victorious, it shouldn't be surprising.
The Biden brand of Democratic politics is popular within the Party. Through the first months of his administration, Biden hasfor any Democrat within their own Party since polling began.
He has this higher approval, perhaps in part because most Democrats view him as moderate. In fact, more voters see Biden as moderatethe last Democratic president, Barack Obama.
The bottom line is that, while the Democratic Party has some prominent left-wing voices, the power within the Party lies closer to the center for now. That makes it very much unlike the Republican Party, where the voice of the more extreme Donald Trump is dominant.
The Democrats’ Dead End on Voting Rights .
They claim that democracy is under threat, but they lack the collective will to save it. Self-interest is also at play. Aggressive attempts by Republicans at the state level to restrict voting in advance of the 2022 midterm elections have led many Democrats to believe that their only chance to retain power is to pass voting-rights legislation in the next few months. Their resulting desperation, in turn, has invited GOP attacks that the election bill’s aim is partisan in nature.