Well, I can’t speak for anyone else, but if I had my druthers between a centrist dem and either a very progressive democrat (at least up to the rough guidelines of Bernie’s 2016 run) or a green party or some other progressive independent, I’d be voting as progressive as I am. So, no, not gonna vote for anymore centrists - NEVER works. Only brainwashing makes voting in more centrists seem smart to my mind.
I don’t trust the dem’s for obvious reasons. However, I’ll vote for one if they are progressive, but not if they are centrist (because I only vote progressive). For instance, I live in Washington state. Given that Denny Heck, Cantwell & Murray are all opposed to single payer, I will not be voting for them. Sure, yup, they’ve done good things. But I will vote for their green party or independent challengers instead.
But then again, I may be an anomaly - I vote for what I value - not a party itself. I won’t vote based on some algorithm/hypothesis that purports to tell me what is best for the country. Especially those that underline the crucial need to ALWAYS vote Democrat no matter how consistently full of shit they are.
I was DEFINITELY an anamolay in 2016 since i voted for Jill Stein. Again, didn’t vote for her because of her party itself, but for the platform they espouse and also because I found Jill inspiring.
So, I’m writing this just to be a voice of one person that the strategy you propose (putting up centrist demo’s) would not fit me and my voting preferences.