Here’s Ben Smith writing about what he sees as a major shift in Democratic party policies.
Donald Trump has already changed the Democratic Party more than his own Republican Party.
While the president has merely reduced his own party into a panicked mess, the Democrats’ trajectory seems to have moved subtly and decisively away from the center-left Clinton liberalism toward a politics whose planks make Barack Obama look like Al Gore.
I know, it’s been a distracting month. So you’re forgiven if you missed the big development on the Democratic Party policy front: the call for “a large-scale, permanent program of public employment and infrastructure investment.” That plan, titled “A Marshall Plan for America,” came not from Bernie Sanders but from the Center for American Progress, the Clintonite Washington think tank John Podesta led.
It is only in the world of mainstream media in the US that anyone could say that Hillary Clinton represented ‘center left liberalism’ or that Barack Obama’s views are wildly different from those of Al Gore.
All of them (both Clintons, Obama, and Gore) are better described as center-right. Bernie Sanders can be described as center-left. And of course Republicans range from extreme right to just plain nuts. This is why the political ‘center’ in the US would be seen as pretty right wing in other countries.