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Are Democrats beginning to turn on each other?

March 31, 2014

 Much has been written, and rightfully so, about the civil war which is brewing within the Republican party between the establishment Republicans and the Tea Party. There is no doubt that there is an ongoing battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party, but could the same be said about the Democratic party?

  According to this article there could be a civil war brewing in the Democratic party as well:

Bracing for a rough midterm-election outcome, Democrats aren’t waiting until Election Day to start blaming one another for the party’s problems. Anticipating the possibility that Republicans will flip the Senate, the finger-pointing game is already underway between the party’s warring factions.

Earlier this month, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas argued liberals had successfully purged so-called squishy moderates from the Democratic Party’s ranks—even if those same lawmakers had helped the party retain conservative-leaning Senate and House seats. From the middle, the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way has become more outspoken in criticizing progressive leaders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for advocating an agenda that will compromise the party’s ability to attract moderate voters.

The public spats between outside groups are nothing compared with the private finger-pointing over who could be responsible if Republicans ride a political wave this year. The moderate wing is prepared to blame the party for avoiding centrist initiatives like free-trade deals and entitlement reform, while the Left will argue party leaders didn’t do enough to protect benefits.

  This argument assumes that the Republicans will be able to flip the Senate, but I feel that possibility is in question due to the aforementioned civil war within that party, however the article continues:

“This is a coming divide for the Democratic Party,” said one progressive strategist, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly. “Not only about explaining 2014, but laying the groundwork for 2016.”

The split between the party’s progressive and centrist wings isn’t new, and the looming difficulty of the midterms play only a part in their ongoing conflict. But the threat of losses later this year is exacerbating the existing tensions.

In Third Way cofounder Matt Bennett’s telling, it wasn’t a lack of populism that caused the party’s problems. It was an incessant focus on class-war rhetoric in 2013 that repelled some voters.

“Democrats lost touch with the middle class,” he said. “We engaged in arguments that have intellectual but not emotional resonance. Income inequality is a problem, but that doesn’t make it something that will land in public,” Bennett said.

  Only time will tell but three things are certain in my opinion: first, the 2014 election cycle is going to prove to be quite interesting as the Democratic party might not be as united as the mainstream media would have us believe, and secondly; it appears as if more people, on both sides of the aisle, are growing more and more disgruntled with the establishment in Washington.

  And lastly, and perhaps most importantly; it would appear as if the elitists in both parties are more concerned with the future of their parties, and by proxy their own futures, than they are with the future of the American people and in doing what is best for the people they are supposed to represent.

  This last one is the issue which has gotten the establishment in trouble with the American people in the first place and that is something they seem to be overlooking, and this is why it is time for the American people to hold them accountable for once.

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  1. March 31, 2014 8:12 pm

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