by islander on April 1, 2023 4:39 am
"In July of 2022, 42% of self-described Democrats described themselves as moderates or conservatives, opposite 58% who considered themselves liberals. The gap is even bigger in the Republican Party, where 77% identified as conservatives, whereas only 23% said of themselves that they were moderates or liberals. According to the survey, this makes Republicans in fact a whole lot more conservative than Democrats are liberal." `Forbes
"In American politics, a conservative Democrat is a member of the Democratic Party with conservative political views, or with views that are conservative compared to the positions taken by other members of the Democratic Party. Traditionally, conservative Democrats have been elected to office from the Southern states, rural areas, the Rust Belt, and the Midwest. In 2019, the Pew Research Center found that 14% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters identify as conservative or very conservative, 38% identify as moderate, and 47% identify as liberal or very liberal.
21st century conservative Democrats are similar to liberal Republican counterparts, in that both became political minorities after their respective political parties underwent a major political realignment, which began to gain speed in 1964. Prior to 1964, both parties had their liberal, moderate, and conservative wings, each of them influential in both parties. During this period, conservative Democrats formed the Democratic half of the conservative coalition. After 1964, the conservative wing assumed a greater presence in the Republican Party, although it did not become the mainstay of the party until the nomination of Ronald Reagan in 1980. The Democratic Party retained its conservative wing through the 1970s with the help of urban machine politics while blue-collar workers still aligned with the Democrats. This political realignment was mostly complete by 1980.
After 1980, the Republicans became a mostly conservative party, with conservative leaders such as Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott, and Tom DeLay. The Democrats, while keeping their liberal base intact, grew their centrist wing, the New Democrats, in the 1990s, with leaders such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Evan Bayh. In the U.S. House of Representatives, the New Democrat Coalition represents the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, and the Blue Dog Coalition represents centrist and conservative Democrats." ~ Wikipedia
by HatetheSwamp on April 1, 2023 5:16 am
What I know is that I expected to be a lifelong moderate Dem in the tradition of Jimmy Carter and Joe Lieberman and Pennsylvania's Robert Casey...and I held on a looooooooong time.
But, in time, I realized that there was no place among Dems for people like me. The Dems are the party of Bernie and AOC and the "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap" of the 020s.
The GOPs?, they're the party of openness and inclusion and tolerance, diversity and acceptance.
In the 020s, the GOP is more antiSwamp than conservative and that's why I'm GOP.
by oldedude on April 1, 2023 9:20 am
The only difference are some nuances and what we call ourselves. I was the same until the 1990's.