A voice of moderation the left don’t want to hear

When the Democrat primaries begin in earnest, John Hickenlooper is one name you won’t be seeing. That’s because Hickenlooper is a moderate and the last thing the Democrats are interested in these days is moderation.

Whaleoil has already reported that Hickenlooper was given a dressing-down by the left for daring to talk sense on identity politics during a CNN town hall. Faster than a Beijing censor clamping down on an inadvertent “Tiananmen”, CNN cut to an ad break, just as the boos started.

Hickenlooper has gone and done it again, this time daring to criticise the left’s most sacred cow.

Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., was booed in California Saturday for telling liberal activists that “socialism is not the answer” to beating President Donald Trump in 2020.

Speaking to delegates at California’s Democratic Party convention, Hickenlooper warned that pushing the party further left would only hurt their chances with mainstream Americans. Attempting to boost his own electoral appeal, Hickenlooper noted his success as a moderate in the swing state of Colorado, where Hillary Clinton won by nearly 5 percent in 2016.

“If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer,” Hickenlooper said.

The audience of party loyalists did not like what they were hearing, and they made their feelings loudly known as the candidate tried to finish his remarks.

“I was reelected in a purple state in 2014, one of the worst years for Democrats in a quarter century,” Hickenlooper continued, barely audible over the chorus of boos raining down from the progressive crowd.]

Even some of the left are agreeing that American politics has become dangerously polarised. Hickenlooper hasn’t just talked bipartisanship, he’s walked the walk. So, how do the left reward him?

Hickenlooper, who is polling near the bottom among declared Democratic candidates, had a moderate record as governor of Colorado. With Republicans in control of the state legislature for most of his time in office, he was forced to work across the aisle…

However, Hickenlooper wasn’t the only candidate to be admonished at the California Democratic convention. The crowd also Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., for issuing a similar warning about taking the party too far to the left with “Medicare for All.”

“What we need as Democrats is to build an economy that works, but it’s got to be with smart policies. Medicare for all may sound good, but it’s actually not good policy nor is it good politics,” Delaney said as the audience erupted.

Delaney attempted to clarify his position, but like Hickenlooper, he was drowned out.

It’s a blessing of sorts that the left so steadfastly refuses to learn the lessons of its own record of failure. Australian Labor are sticking with the very policies that cost it the recent election, just to pander to their inner-city elite pals. Democrats are making the same mistake, veering further left and left, to please the elite in three mega-cities, and ignoring the rest of the country who abandoned them in droves. In doing so, they’re doing more and more to ensure Trump’s re-election.

California […] seems to reflect the Democratic zeitgeist. In a push led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leading members of the party have embraced policy ideas that would have been unthinkably left-wing just a few years ago.

Republicans have taken note. Trump and others have used the recent turmoil in Venezuela as an occasion to slam socialism and its sympathizers in the Democratic Party. They hope to make the 2020 election a referendum on the failed ideology.