The responses to this are enlightening as to what knid of "progressives" pollute CD's comment section. The most popular responses are 1) nothing can be done, the Democrats won't ever change, it's hopeless and 2) even if somethinng is done it won't do any good at all, in fact, IT WILL MAKE THINGS WORSE.
I feel that I have to remind people that there is no mass socialist movement in America, no matter what they may think. It's not there. It's not there among whites. It's not there among blacks. I mean, have you seen how blacks have viciously attacked Sanders as an old white man who came out of nowhere to act like a savior? They hate Sanders. You think they'll go for a real Socialist? Me either.
That leaves the Dems, folks. They are all you have. Sure, go out and try to get people interested in Soclialism. Post online. Hand out pamphlets. Whatever. But until you have a VIABLE candidate, you're really just blowing smoke in my behind. Protest votes for a national candidate may be the least effective form of protest ever.
As for centrism, there are a lot of people who actually are centrists. I don't like it either, but that's the way it is, and those folks will go with the "moderate" Republican, which is to say the rabid right-wingnut, if the Dem in their district/state is too far away from the center, because somehow unless a Republican is out there saying that she's not a witch (hello, Christine O'Donnell, remember how much simpler things were back then?) or shouting that the abortionists should be fed to the lions, she's a moderate. Just look at how Kasich was portrayed as a moderate in the primary. Kasich! Does no one else remember how far right he was in the House? The man is no moderate at all. Form over substance, I guess.
Not that it matters to anyone here, really. They'll just continue to spout anti-Democrat rhetoric and have the twelve other posters here agree.