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Response to Marr (Reply #39)

Wed Apr 22, 2015, 12:42 AM

43. I'm not saying centrists haven't made those arguments, but it's not an exclusively centrist one.

And for whatever reasons, plenty of centrists have stopped making such arguments now. I think it's because the current Democratic coalition is built on maximizing turnouts among people who have more open-minded social views, like young people. Twenty years ago centrists were still clinging to the hopes of resurrecting the New Deal coalition with all those homophobic, racist assholes from the South, but that's not feasible anymore and they know it.

Imagine my surprise to see two or three instance of generally liberal DU posters, who I agree with more often than not on here, making arguments about how nominating Elizabeth Warren will bring back all the missing white working class voters. They've even go so far as to openly suggest that social issues are distractions! This is a centrist argument coming from people on the Left, and I'm not personally sure how to grapple with it. But we can't let that attitude take hold no matter where it's coming from.

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