This debate highlighted the growing and intensifying split in the Democratic party between their centrist and liberal wings. The centrists, Biden, Klobuchar, and Buttigieg, were not hesitant to attack the liberals, Sanders and Warren, not only for the specifics of their proposals, but also for threatening to take the Democratic party too far to the left. The liberals gave as good as they got, blasting “corporate” Democrats who only want to make incremental change.
Sanders and Warren – and those desperately seeking to emulate them – are proposing major new policies. Medicare for all. Free college. Free child care. A federal jobs guarantee. They oppose the trade deals negotiated by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Elizabeth Warren said she wants all our troops out of the Middle East.
There is a civil war going on for control of the Democratic party, the outcome of which is going to remake our party system for years to come.