After the elections in 2010, 2014, and 2016, centrist Democrats have become nearly extinct. With a dozen more endangered in 2018, they held an emergency meeting over three days to plot their way back to the majority.
McClatchy DC reported that 30 centrist Democrats held a secret meeting about how to win in red state America again and survive what could be a bruising midterm election.
Researchers presented the moderate Democrats with polling and data showing that the liberal priorities like student loan reform weren’t a big deal. Most Americans including millennials didn’t rank it as a main priority.
“It was shocking to me, honestly shocking,” the event’s organizer former Alaska Sen. Mark Begich said. “Because I’m thinking OK, the liberal wing talks about these things, which on the surface are fantastic. But we, as Democrats, are talking about things where we think people should be, and where the population is is actually a little different.”
Attendees said that they could find room to work with the progressives without fighting a civil war within their party.
Begich said that moderate Democrats’ theme for 2018 would be focusing on security, opportunity, compassion, and results.
In 2018, Senate Democrats face re-election in 10 states that Trump won, including four that he won by nearly 20 points or more.