Some of the toughest criticism of the Democratic Party isn’t coming from Republicans – it’s from the left. The far left, to be specific, and they’re itching for war.
Led by socialist Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, they have not shied away from calling out Democrats for not being liberal enough – and claiming that a dramatic shift toward a socialist state is what will revive and renew the nation’s oldest political party.
Chuck Todd commented about the attacks from the left’s most left-wing fringe during his MSNBC broadcast.
“There are forces on the Democratic side attacking the moderate and governing wings of their own party,” he said.
Todd then aired a clip of Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Warren, a Massachusetts Senator who is a darling of the left for her excoriation of so-called “moderate” Democrats. Via the Washington Free Beacon:
“The current model and the current strategy of the Democratic Party is an absolute failure,” Sanders told a crowd at the progressive People’s Summit in June. “The Democratic Party must finally understand which side it is on.”
“The Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill,” Warren said at Netroots Nation, referring to two major pieces of legislation signed by President Bill Clinton. Warren supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but has largely identified with the left wing of the party.
“We are not going back to the days of being lukewarm on choice,” she also said at Netroots Nation. In the 1990s, Bill Clinton expressed the goal of abortion being “legal, safe, and rare,” but that has been replaced in progressive circles by the slogan “free abortion on demand without apology.”
“We’re not going back to the days when universal healthcare was something Democrats talked about on the campaign trail, but were too chicken to fight for after they got elected,” she said. Clinton’s attempt to clinch universal health care during her husband’s administration failed without going to a vote.
Todd pointed out that Sanders’ “Medicare for all,” which is essentially a universal health care bill, is not getting support from any Democrats who are up for re-election in 2018, despite being widely popular among the party. The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday.
“Right now Sanders is driving a big wedge between the progressive left and the moderate left with his Medicare-for-all health care bill,” Todd said. Clinton herself has expressed doubt about the feasibility of Medicare-for-all in an interview Tuesday.
“Not a single Senate Democrat that’s facing a tough reelection in 2018 — including Sherrod Brown, who normally would be on board with something like Medicare-for-all — they haven’t signed on,” Todd said. “The Senate’s top Democrat Chuck Schumer won’t endorse it either, when asked about it today.”
Todd said Democrats are in “survival mode” and have few good options in the “age of Trump.”
What do you think? Has the Democratic Party shifted too far left? Is the shift going to get deeper and stronger? What’s holding them back, if anything? Sound off below!