Here’s a news story Hillary Clinton won’t enjoy reading: the liberal wing of the Democratic party is getting increasingly vocal, angling to push Democratic politicians further to the left on a wide range of areas. WSJ:
Strong pushback from Democrats in Congress this month threatened to derail the president’s planned military strike on Syria and effectively took Lawrence Summers out of the running as the next Federal Reserve chairman. Now, the hardening of positions on the left against any move to trim Social Security or Medicare spending will limit Mr. Obama’s flexibility going into the big budget fights this fall […]Strands of a more populist liberalism are sprouting across the country in ways that Democrats predict will spill into the 2016 presidential-primary race. In New York City, liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio easily won this month’s mayoral primary with promises of tax increases on the rich to pay for more education.
In many ways Hillary is still seen as Obama’s heir apparent, but if this leftward drift continues, it could challenge her ability to mobilize the base, ensnaring her in the same trap that has stymied GOP candidates in the last two Presidential election cycles: tacking left to appeal to the base in the primaries, and to the center to win the general could create lots of PR problems and flagrant inconsistencies.But if recent American political history tells us anything, it’s that the Clintons are consummate politicians, adept at navigating the shifting tides of popular opinion. We’ll be watching closely to see how she performs this time.[Hillary Clinton photo courtesy of Kai Mörk]