kuha wrote:Totally right. Who in their right mind actually thinks of the current Dems as "extreme" in any way? A true left wing would include Noam Chomsky and his ilk--and these folks have absolutely zero political power. The current Dem party is pretty much at dead center (or even slightly to the right) of our traditional "middle ground." It's just that the right wing has gone from (genuinely) conservative to (genuinely) radical, pulling the rest of the spectrum with it. As a result, there are actually far too few genuinely "leftist" options on the table for discussion or comparison.
Amen! The liberal equivalent of Michele Bachmann is Noam Chomsky, but he can only dream of influencing the Democratic party as much as Bachmann influences the Republican party. With his libertarian stance on social issues like abortion and gay rights, Barry Goldwater would have no chance of getting the Republican nomination today.