“They’ve tacked off the damn radar screen,” James Carville, a former strategist for Bill Clinton, said in describing the Democratic Party’s ideological evolution. Mr. Carville added that he was “scared to death” because, “We’ve got candidates on the debate stage talking about open borders and decriminalizing illegal immigration. They’re talking about doing away with nuclear energy and fracking. You’ve got Bernie Sanders talking about letting criminals and terrorists vote from jail cells.”
Predictably, Mr. Carville’s assessment got a condescending “OK, boomer” in a New Republic essay by Ed Burmila, a leftist author and contributor to The Nation. But what if Mr. Carville is correct? What if the eventual Democratic nominee has moved so far portside in order to woo young progressives that vital independent voters and moderate party members become alienated?
Whether Iowa was the canary in the coal mine remains to be seen. But, as Mr. Carville points out, there are great risks to putting forward a standard-bearer peddling dependency, victimization and despair.