Far-left policies will drive a 2020 defeat, centrist Democrats fear

Traditional Democratic donors and activists watched with concern as these plans started to reshape the public face of the Democratic Party just months after the 2018 midterms, in which Democrats successfully won back the House with a relatively centrist message aimed largely at suburban voters by focusing on fighting corruption in Washington and Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“There was a clear story coming out of the midterms, and it is like it never happened,” said Jane Hartley, a former U.S. ambassador to France who helped raise millions from wealthy New York donors to support 31 Democratic House candidates in the midterms. “We have to look at how we won. The Democrats have to put together a coalition, and it’s a coalition that includes suburban voters.”…

Centrist moves against the Green New Deal, the Democrats’ sweeping climate change measure, are meant to compete with its domination of the party’s discussion over global warming. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who decided against a presidential run, plans to release an alternative to the Green New Deal, the House resolution that calls for upgrading “all existing buildings in the United States” and significant federal spending to guarantee all Americans a good-paying job with paid vacation, health-care coverage and retirement security.