That wing of the party isn’t insignificant. Biden did win the Democratic nomination. That wing isn’t powerless. Biden is the president. That wing isn’t lacking in other powerful patrons—the speaker of the House and the majority leader of the Senate are at least qualified supporters. And it’s not lacking in up-and-coming younger officials—consider the representatives elected for the first time in 2018, most of whom are pretty centrist, some of whom are very impressive.
So why not Biden? Why not Bidenism? That may not turn out to be the end solution. But surely it’s too real a possibility to be ignored. Why shouldn’t anti-Trump Republicans at least consider becoming a kind-of-Old-Republican wing of Joe Biden’s Democratic party?
Moderate Democrats, historically speaking, get no respect. Sure, they win elections. And they govern pretty successfully. But they get ignored by the media, by their side’s intellectuals, by donors, even by Democratic political pros. And now they’re getting ignored by Never Trumpers.