Coaltion of Liberials Strikes Back at Centrist Democrats

07 December 2013 |permalink | email article

As a sign of the left’s new aggressiveness, a coalition of liberals have urged their members to contact a group of congressional Democrats who are honorary leaders of the centrist group, Third Way. In a Wall Street Journal opened article this week it suggests that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio of New York City and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would “lead Democrats over the populist cliff.” The liberal group’s campaign has already started, suggesting that the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is ascendant. Warren has already raised questions about the funding sources of policy groups like Third Way. On Thursday, the liberal blog Daily Kos announced that it would endorse and raise money only for candidates who promises not to join Third Way. By directly going after Warren, who has an avid following among progressives. Third World has all but ensured that it would get the fight it seems to wants to pick. While she has said she will not run for president, Warren is seen by many on the left as the candidate who on the left could stop Hillary Rodham Clinton from claiming the Democratic nomination in 2016. Progressives want to use this period to send a message that the Democratic Party is far more unabashedly liberal than it was when her husband was elected president in 1992.

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