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Centrist Democrats

Clinton and Kaine, #SoProgressive!

Thierry Dufay | Posted 07.25.2016 | Home
Thierry Dufay

The Clinton/Kaine ticket is a Centrist Democratic ticket aimed to please "Moderate Republicans". To give the friends of George W. Bush a place to go, to vote for Clinton, now that the GOP is falling apart. This is a strategic choice by the Clinton team.

The D.C. Centrists' Straw Men

Mike Lux | Posted 05.04.2015 | Home
Mike Lux

One of the tiredest clichés in all of American politics -- and a favorite of D.C. "centrists" -- is that economic populism is all about beating up on the rich and redistributing income instead of pursuing economic growth. But Elizabeth Warren and her fellow progressives are not, either in rhetoric or policy, anti-growth or anti-business or out to "soak" the rich.

Populism Rises -- And the 'Center' Strikes Back

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.14.2015 | Home
Richard (RJ) Eskow

President Obama and other "centrists" largely managed to contain his party's populist wing throughout his first term. But the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her allies has emboldened what is now sometimes called the party's "Warren wing," as more and more Democrats sign on to the progressive populist agenda.

Centrists Have No Right to Lecture Anyone on Growth

Dean Baker | Posted 03.01.2014 | Home
Dean Baker

Last week former New York Times editor Bill Keller had a column that distinguished the "left-left" and the center-left. However, what's more important than the labeling is the main line of distinction Keller tries to draw.

Pass the Blame, Pass the Center, Head for the Truth

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.04.2011 | Home
Carol Smaldino

Maybe part of the issue is our own complicity by getting depressed rather than angry.

Draft Moderate Manifesto Part 1

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

In election after election, the same opportunity remains unrealized -- the possibility that either extreme could unite with the center to exclude the most extreme policies of the other.

Starving on a Diet of Hope: Another Presidents' Day Message

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Frank Dwyer

David Feige's post, My President's Day Message -- An Open Letter to President Obama

Sam Stein

Lieberman Urges Party To Go Centrist After Mass. Election | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Eager to prove that the Democratic Party left him and not the other way around, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) urged his colleagues on Tuesday to mov...

Sam Stein

Lincoln, Landrieu Hint At Support For Revised Health Care Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Two key conservative Democrats hinted on Wednesday that they support the health care reform compromises adopted by the party's leadership, including t...

Three Reasons to Be Happy About the Reported Deal by Senate Democrats on Health Care

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mitchell Bard

I have criticized the Democrats for failing to properly use the power of their majority in Congress and the mandate from an overwhelming victory last November, so it's only right I give them their props for finally taking charge.

With a Health Care Plan This Insane, Who Needs Wingnuts?

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bob Cesca

Baucus' entire goal was to construct a bipartisan plan. Mission accomplished. Insofar as both parties hate it. He tailored his plan to appeal to the Republicans who, as it turns out, don't support the plan anyway.

Obama Can't Thumb His Nose at the GOP, and Here's Why

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

To play the centrist political game correctly requires compromise, conciliation, and bipartisanship. Obama learned early that this was the sure-fire way to bag the big financial and corporate dollars.

Centrist Dem Senators Voting More Conservative This Year

Five Thirty Eight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The August break, when members of Congress go home to their districts to be screamed at (or to escape to the beach), seems like a good time to examine...

Sahil Kapur

Conservative Democrats Most Vulnerable If Health Reform Fails | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The influential conservative Democrats who are combating their own party's efforts to overhaul health care could ironically wind up being among the bi...

Health-Care Activists Targeting Centrist Dems

Washington Post | Ceci Connolly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In the high-stakes battle over health care, a growing cadre of liberal activists is aiming its sharpest firepower against Democratic senators who they...

When It Comes to Health Care, Why Do Republicans (and Some Centrist Democrats) Hate Americans?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mitchell Bard

If the government-run plan is so good it would be an improvement over the private insurers, why are the Republicans against it? Isn't the goal better care at lower costs?

One Lesson from the 1930s: Financial Regulation Has to Be Bold

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mitchell Bard

Contrary to what John Boehner says, a big foot needs to be placed on the financial industry to make sure that last year's near collapse can never happen again.

Obama's Budget: The Ad Campaign

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Americans United for Change, a key Democratic-backing group, will begin airing an ad today aimed at prodding Senate "centrists" to support President O...

Sam Stein

Progressives Launch Campaign Targeting Centrist Senate Dems | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A coalition of progressive groups and officials announced the launch of a media and grassroots campaign Tuesday to target conservative Democrats they ...