Well, polls of Democrats show most identify as moderates.

Add in Independents and a few moderate Republicans (Virginia has only recently turned blue and this is how it was done)
and this is the ticket to winning and getting the most votes, as in moving agendas forward and achieving progress.

Thus, if you are going to win and represent the people, it is best to stand for the things most voters want.

The GOP tries to get around representing what voters want by lying to them and creating hysteria and nonsense - they keep getting more and more ridiculous so they can cause distractions and do not have to actually talk about issues or plans. They don't have plans to help most Americans. They do not believe in science, civic responsibility, governance, equal rights, or democracy in general.

We do.



@TonyStark I am more liberal than many Democrats who have been winning primaries, as I'm sure plenty of our people on democracy.town are. I would rather elect the Democrat who can win in November than the one who will lose to the Republican. I've also been reasonably satisfied with what our elected Democrats have been passing, at least the ones in the House and in states where Democrats control the agenda. We have recalcitrant ones like Manchin preventing us from doing what we could with the majority, and of course there are many more things I'd like to see us do while we have it. But I'm also a realist, and politics is the art of compromise, including within our party. I'd hoped to see Jennifer Carroll Foy as Virginia's gubernatorial nominee, but McAuliffe did a fine job before and will again. I'm happy to see Virginia elect Democrats statewide -- when I lived there, I was stuck with two Republican senators and a Republican governor, though I lived in a heavily Democratic area.

The practicality and ground game of Virginia voters and organizers has been something to behold.

It's a basic issue of livability and many voters in my area vote on that issue, although we may have different preferences in a primary sometimes. And that's not all that often.

@QueenRamonda Different primary preferences aren't necessarily a bad thing. As Democratic presidential primary candidates dropped out in 2020, they started adopting each other's policies, which made Biden's eventual platform more reflective of the Democratic electorate as a whole than if there hadn't been a competitive primary. So long as we all vote for the eventual nominee and they don't beat each other up, only make each other stronger, competitive primaries help, not hurt. (Exceptions to beating each other up are there for when candidates don't belong in a party primary, such as Elizabeth Warren's swift takedown of Michael Bloomberg in a single debate. You can't buy your way into the presidency, at least not as a Democrat.) @TonyStark

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