Centrist Democrats strike back at leftward lurch

“Things like the ‘Green New Deal,’ I suspect you will see folks who care about winning the election say, ‘OK, hang on a minute. What are some proposals that are credible and enactable?’” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said. “We need to be bold and we need to be practical at the same time.”…

“If they want to eliminate the moderates, then realign yourself and accept the fact that you’ll be in the minority the rest of your life,” Manchin said.

Coons, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is running in 2020 as more of a pragmatist, recently introduced a proposal to increase retirement savings by requiring employers to provide a minimum contribution to a savings plan. It’s a different approach to tackling retirement savings than Sanders’ bill to expand Social Security — a measure co-sponsored this year by 2020 candidates Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Booker of New Jersey.