Saturday, June 17, 2017

KING: Why progressives and liberals continue to feel like unwelcome guests in the Democratic Party

Earlier this week in Virginia, two men who each voted for George W. Bush twice to become President of the United States won their primaries in the governor's race there. Ed Gillespie, a lifelong Republican, won the Republican primary and Ralph Northam, who has a record of voting Republican, won the Democratic primary. No, that's not a typo. It is, perhaps, the most relevant example, though, of why progressives and liberals in America are struggling to find a home in the same big tent. Ralph Northam, 57, was no young man when he voted for George W. Bush to become President in both 2000 and 2004. He was a mid-life doctor whose political views were fully formed. In 2013, Northam openly said "I don't consider myself as a liberal."

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