Kind of obvious to me that the Republicans are enemies of the left, and they connect the Democrats to their opposition to the left since the Democrats have a few people on the left and are perceived to be the closest thing to a leftist (LOL!) party we have. Many in the Democratic Party oppose the left just as much, and the reason that the “moderates” don’t leave the Democratic Party for the other party, a party in desperate need of moderation, is that they oppose the left more than anything and feel that they are more effective in their opposition to the left by staying in the Democratic Party. This article below nails it, and the people in charge of the DCCC are exactly what I am talking about. If we were like most any other developed country, these people would be considered to be right wing, which they are. The Democratic Party is not a big tent party, it is a dying party because people like Luján and his big money donors, and they don’t really care since their biggest goal is to make the donors happy. They make their donors happy by undermining the left.
If you measure victory by election and legislative wins marked with the letter D, this is an understandable take. Still, as fun as it is to point out that the clowns in Congress are a bunch of clowns, this is not actually a plausible account of ordinary human goal-driven behavior. People do not ordinarily try to fail; even losers usually want to win. Democrats see the same polls that we do; they know perfectly well that single payer has plurality support among Americans, and majority support among Democrats. Surely they aren’t just reflexively running with the least popular option they can find, regardless of what it is, in order to lose - something else must be at work, right?
Here’s an alternative theory: Democrats want to win. But for many Democrats, winning means stopping leftist policy outcomes - and sometimes, the best way to do that is to lose elections and lose fights over legislation. If you are a centrist Democrat and your priority is stopping single payer, then of course you are going to offer alternatives to single payer, even if that means risking a Republican victory. You may even be willing to do things like risk the election of Donald Trump for the sake of denying a win to Bernie Sanders - even as critics warn you just how dangerous this is.
That’s why the same people who gave us Hillary Clinton are now actively lobbying for anything-but-single-payer. And as in 2016, this has to be understood as a decision to risk losing to Republicans for the sake of derailing the left. That’s the defining calculation that leftists miss when they regard centrists as benevolent but incompetent allies; it’s an easy calculation to miss, because only the most cynical centrists realize that they’re making it. But if you don’t see an effective preference for Republicans over leftists in the operation of centrist politics, there’s a lot about their behavior you won’t be able to explain.