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I've grown disheartened lately by the gradual slide of a Democratic candidate I strongly supported in January (Jon Ossoff) to the right. Ossoff began his campaign by denouncing trump, which immediately attracted Progressives like me to his platform. But before the run-off this week (Tuesday, June 20) he mellowed out and started sounding more like a moderate Republican than a classic Democrat.
The Democratic Party has shifted to the right. It's not anti-war. It's not strong on the environment. It's not strong on civil and human rights. It's not for universal health care. It's not strong on cracking down on Wall Street and big banks or corporate fraud. Ralph Northam was and is weak on all of those core principles of the progressive left, but we're expected to get behind him, and candidates like him, as if we're just a few small details away from seeing eye to eye with him. We aren't. He's not a progressive. He's not a liberal. He's hardly even a Democrat.
This article is about Northam of Virginia but might just as well be about Ossoff of Georgia.