Yes, there still are moderate, even conservative Democrats in congress.
But the party, as it is now configured, neither respects or wants such Democrats. That is why they are now being warned, and threatened. regarding their moderate positions.
Here’s the latest demonstration of how this is playing out, excerpted from Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan’s article for politico.com:
House Democrats held an emotional debate behind closed doors Thursday over how to stop losing embarrassing procedural battles with Republicans — a clash that exposed the divide between moderates and progressives.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took a hard line at the caucus meeting, saying that being a member of Congress sometimes requires taking tough votes.
“This is not a day at the beach. This is the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi said, according to two sources.
Pelosi also said vulnerable Democrats who had the “courage” to vote against the Republican motions to recommit would become a higher priority for the party leadership and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the superstar New York freshman lawmaker, suggested she would alert progressive activists when Democrats are voting with the GOP on these motions, said the sources.
Inside the meeting, Ocasio-Cortez said she has “a text chain with 200 activists in her district” that she’s in constant contact with on issues facing Democrats.
But other members stood up in the meeting and challenged this view, without specifically calling out Pelosi or Ocasio-Cortez.
It is certainly not unusual for a majority leader to demand unanimity on process votes. But the telling part of this exercise is who has jumped to the front of the pack on this issue: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – politico’s designated “superstar”.
Reality check: this “superstar” is a 29 year old novice whose political experience until January was hearing what customers had to say in the bar where she was mixing drinks; the genius whose “Green New Deal” is so idiotic that even many usually supportive members of the Democrat-supporting media are shaking their heads in disbelief.
This is who will decide who’s naughty and nice in the Democrat Party. And Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is as malleable to shifting winds as they come, apparently has no problem with it.
These are grim days for what used to be mainstream Democrats. I wonder how many of them – if any – will screw up enough courage to say/do something about it. – something more than challenging what is going on in their party without naming names.
I can only hope enough of them do take the plunge so they can retrieve the Democrat Party from what it is becoming.