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“It’s standard practice in presidential politics: Candidates move to the left (or right) to win the nomination, then tack toward the center in the general election.
But the Democrats are in danger of marching so far left that they go over a cliff.
That’s not just my view. Mainstream reporters, who tend to be less sensitive to liberal positions that match their personal views, are openly acknowledging and debating the dramatic shift. It was even on the front page of The New York Times.
For those whose most fervent desire is to evict Donald Trump from the White House, there’s growing concern that the Democrats are blowing it.
The two debates in Miami last week crystallized how most of the candidates are taking stances that would antagonize many millions of Americans once you get out of the liberal bubble.
And the few contenders who are positioning themselves as left-of-center moderates are muting those views in the face of palpable progressive pressure. So with Trump already signaling that he plans to run against a socialist party, they — including Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar — are being lumped in with the left-wingers.”
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