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Libs Drift Off-Center October 13, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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The Right has been accused of becoming more conservative over the years, but those of us who live in that political space have always felt that it is the Left that has drifted off center, while we have more or less held the same position for decades.

Looks like we were right, with the Left floating into Looney-Land over the past 23 years:

Everyone knows that the country is more politically polarized than ever, but most don’t know why. Data from the highly respected Pew Research Center provides a definitive answer. It’s because Democrats have moved sharply to the extreme left.

Given the way politics gets reported these days, it’s easy to conclude that the widening gap is the result of Republicans become more extreme in their views. That is, after all, a mantra among Democrats and the press. The GOP is the party of racist, sexist, xenophobic, right-wing extremists, we hear over and over again, while Democrats are but humble centrists.

The Pew data, however, make it clear that the shift toward the extreme has happened among Democrats, not Republicans.

The Pew Center even made a cool chart:
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But if we let California secede (at least SoCal and the Bay Area), things should get a bit better.

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