Under President Joe Biden, the radical left is having its day in the sun; despite campaigning as a “moderate,” Biden has taken a sharply radical approach that has alienated Republicans and even some Democrats in the center.
Prominent progressives have been getting valuable face time with Biden’s lackeys, leaving Democrats in the middle feeling pressured to “all just line up” with the party’s most liberal members, according to Politico.
On the campaign trail, former President Donald Trump attacked Biden as a senile “puppet” who would bring “left-wing fascism” to America. Conservatives would say that Trump’s warning was a prescient one, but it’s not just the right that is unhappy.
Moderates feeling pressured
Politico‘s Playbook reports “tensions” in the Democratic Party as moderates complain of being under an expectation to “line up” with the left.
“People were definitely sore that they invited over some of the lefties,” said one moderate Democratic lawmaker.
Top progressives such as Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have been able to meet with Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, to lobby the administration on issues like the filibuster and a $15 minimum wage, according to Politico and Axios.
Meanwhile, Klain hasn’t met with House committee chairs, taking centrists by surprise. There’s plenty at stake, with Democrats eager to leave their stamp on a multi-trillion spending package that Biden will share Wednesday.
Biden the moderate?
Biden has shown little interest in working with Republicans, recently threatening to nuke the filibuster to ram his agenda through.
Trump has been taking the chance to say “I told you so” since Biden’s inauguration, recently comparing him to “Bernie Sanders on steroids,” as Biden pushes ahead with a de facto open borders policy.
To be sure, some on the left have said that Biden isn’t liberal enough, with Democratic Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) recently threatening to reject any white nominees from the White House.
But moderate Democrats told Politico that they are worried Biden’s generosity will embolden primary challenges from the left.
Ocasio-Cortez infamously remarked that she believed the left could “push” Biden, and it seems unlikely that whetting the appetites of radicals will make them any less demanding.