With sagging poll numbers and fragmented message, the Democratic Party is lurching left with the hope of motivating their base; offering new “pet projects” aimed at turning out the progressive vote during the 2018 midterm elections.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders led the charge this week, promising a federally funded jobs project that seeks to employ “everyone” with a $15 an hour position and full healthcare benefits.
The plan would fund “infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education, and other goals.”
“I think Senator Sanders’ performance during the presidential campaign was much better than other Democrats expected, and this has given him a higher profile and greater standing in the campaign,” Stan Veuger, economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told Fox News.
“Hillary [Clinton] losing to Trump has probably also convinced some people within the Democratic Party that a more populist platform would be electorally successful in general-election settings,” he added.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand -another potential 2020 candidate- endorsed the plan, saying “now is the time for big, bold ideas to fix our economy.”
DNC CIVIL WAR: Bernie Sanders UNLOADS on ‘Conservative Democrats’
Former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders called-out “conservative Democrats” during a recent interview this week; saying they had intentionally misinterpreted his comments about Barack Obama.
Sanders was speaking with Al Sharpton when he was asked to comment on his recent “controversial” statements; adding that “conservative” members of the Democratic party were playing politics with his previous remarks.
“We have conservative Democrats who will take anything I say and take it out of context. What I said is that if you look at what’s happening to the Democratic party over the last 10 years, the party’s lost about 1,000 legislative seats,” said Sanders.
“That is not a business model of success for the Democratic party. Sometimes we forget about that because we had an extraordinary candidate [in Barack Obama],” he added.
Watch Sanders’ incendiary comments above.