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As the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee descends into chaos, its former chairman is warning Democrats not to alienate centrist voters by adopting a platform of far-left policies.
Former Rep. Steve Israel (D., N.Y.), who served as DCCC chair from 2011 to 2015, warns in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal that promoting "socialist policies" could sink the party's chances of winning in 2020. Israel identifies a rift in the party between the "disrupters," who want to impose a left-wing agenda with the help of a riled up base, and the "defeaters," who above all else want to remove Donald Trump from office by focusing on centrist voters.
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Israel suggests that the defeaters have the more viable plan because a hard-left agenda is likely to turn off the sorts of voters Democrats will need to win back the White House:
Swing voters are, by their nature, centrists. They aren’t animated by extremes. They value a functioning government that moves them forward versus...
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