I read with interest Mrs. Grunfeld’s article in the Dec. 16 issue of Prime, “Moderate Dems: Are There Any?”
The author and editors could have given a better picture if the article had they included a section on the voting records of these so-called moderates. It really doesn’t matter what their label if, in the end, they fall into lockstep and vote along the party line (at risk of losing financial campaign support if they vote otherwise).
A quick look at the voting records of the lawmakers mentioned in the article shows that not one of them has an independent mind when it comes to voting, especially when it came to impeachment, which had no real crime associated with it. As for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), he cannot be trusted. He too voted for impeachment, even though he has voted with Republicans about 60% of the time.
Mrs. Grunfeld responds:
Thanks for your letter. The point of this article was to highlight how, when it comes to what some would consider a radical agenda, i.e., Defund the Police, the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, etc., there are a number of Democrats who have made it clear they will not support legislation of that sort. What actually comes to pass when a bill of this nature comes forward is anyone’s guess. More than a lot of politicians have reneged on campaign promises. But it’s interesting to know that there is a solid number of Congress members who reject socialism as a brand and are open to bipartisan solutions. As for who voted to impeach, I don’t think that’s relevant to this discussion. The controversy surrounding President Trump and the Democratic Party’s resistance to him put a lot of pressure on party members to vote for impeachment. It doesn’t sound like they’ll be so easily swayed when it comes to taking cops off the streets or overturning the private health care sector.