Further to my post a few days ago that it’s the Democratic Party that has become more extreme, this today from the sensible liberal Bill Galston in the Wall Street Journal:
The Democratic contenders for 2016 are dealing with a party that has shifted left in the 14 years since the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency. In 2000, according to an October report from the Pew Research Center, 43% of Democrats identified themselves as moderate, 27% as liberal and 24% as conservative. In 2015, 41% of Democrats think of themselves as liberal—a 14-point jump. The moderates’ share of the party dropped to 35%, the conservatives’ to 21%. Half of the Democrats who participate in the 2016 nominating process are likely to be liberal. . .
Oh what the heck, since I’m saying relatively nice things about Galston (he was issues director of the Mondale for President campaign in 1984), I might as well replay this from 2013 (just 1:48 long):