I’ve heard the media and even some Democrats refer to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “far left”. This morning, as I was watching Morning Joe, the panel seemed to agree that a “far left” Democrat could never win the presidency.
In my universe, Senator Elizabeth Warren remains the one Democrat who is closest to FDR. When I had the chance to say hello to the senator during Kate’s 2016 Holiday Party, I told her “My parents were FDR Democrats and I call myself a Warren Democrat!”….to which she humbly replied, “Well, I am an FDR Democrat and so are you.”
Apparently, FDR was so far left, so extreme, such a fringe candidate they had to amend the Constitution in order to stop him from being elected for a fourth term.
So why is the party so afraid of being “far left” and why is the media telling us we need a “centrist” Democrat?
My two cents on this is that by “far left”, people mean two different things, one social, one economic. When Joe Scarborough and company tell us that a “far left” Democrat can never win in the rural states, they are referring to socially far left positions on abortion, gay rights, minority rights, and they are probably correct. However, they fail to add that a “far left” Democrat looking to help small farmers, factory/low wage workers, the elderly and the poor will do very well in this same demographic.
I’m just trying to figure out why they are saying this and not saying that….
My hunch is that if a Democrat running for high office emphasizes positions on abortion, gay rights, minority rights and distances themselves from small farmers, factory/low wage workers, the elderly and the poor, they will appear to be “moderate” and not offend their donors…..but as we have seen, appear out of touch with many voters.