Moderates in the Democratic Party are starting to propose alternatives to the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all out of concern that those policies could prove too far-left for voters in the 2020 election, The Washington Post reports.
Several moderate Democrats seeking the nomination in 2020, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, have promised to avoid a dramatic expansion of the government’s influence on the economy. They’ve also pushed back on Medicare-for-all, saying they would rather focus on making small expansions or finding solutions in the market.
“I think that’s one of the ways to ensure that we get to guaranteed, high-quality health care for every single American,” O’Rourke said recently, when asked about Medicare-for-all. “I’m no longer sure that that’s the fastest way to get there.”
“Show me the really left-left-left-left-wingers who beat a Republican,” in the midterms, Biden said to reporters last week. “The fact of the matter is the vast majority of the members of the Democratic Party are still basically liberal-moderate Democrats in the traditional sense.”
“There is a bit in the air that is worryingly reminiscent of 1972, when Democrats were rightly enraged with a corrupt and malign president were disillusioned by their previous unsuccessful establishment presidential candidate, gravitated to radical redistribution economic policy, focused on turning out their activists and failed to focus on the middle,” said Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary and economic advisor to former President Barack Obama. “The result was the political catastrophe of Richard Nixon’s reelection.”