The idea that a “centrist” is the best electoral choice, generally, in 2019 is absurd. Maybe it is in some high income areas, but in most places, DOA. First off, in many of these races, especially mid-term elections, turnout can be as low as 25-30%. Meaning, the winning enters office sometimes with support of 10-20% of the voting age population. How in the world can anyone claim that any one strategy is the only strategy when the overwhelming majority of people don’t even bother to vote? And this all isn’t about joining a team and then pretending that you win if your team wins. If a Democrat wins but that Democrat is like Dan Lipinski, what the hell good is his victory as far as policy? Being less bad might make sense on one single level, playing defense, but they don’t play good defense and you can’t play defense forever. Eventually, you need something to go on the offensive with. The problem for “centrists” (center of what?) is that they think the system is fine as is, maybe in need of some tinkering. Well, we live in a country where wages haven’t growth in decades, inequality is massive and growing, huge infrastructure gap, the costs of education, housing and healthcare have been far outpacing wage growth for a long time, we have an environmental crisis, etc. If the “centrists” are just fine with a healthcare system (they are) that kills tens of thousands a year, results in bankruptcies, job lock, a reliance on employers, and if they are okay with the most inefficient and costly (they are) healthcare system in the world, okay. That says a hell of a lot as far as what they offer. What they offer is horrific, and wouldn’t be acceptable in any other developed country. Shouldn’t be acceptable here. We have to progress not only on policy, but morally, and these people are obstacles in the end far more than the Republicans are. The Republicans are horrible, but entirely beatable. These rotten people rig the thing to stay in power, and so they and not the Republicans are key to beating back the left. In the end, that and further enriching and empowering their donors is about all they are good at.