Not too long ago, there was a third faction of the Democratic Party. Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton understood the virtue of governing from the center. His uneasy and antagonistic partnership with Newt Gingrich brought the country numerous successes. Together, they reformed welfare, emphasizing that the best welfare program is a good job. They expanded free trade with NAFTA and the WTO. With bipartisan support, Clinton pushed NATO's expansion through the newly freed countries of Eastern Europe. His Treasury Secretaries championed the neoliberal "Washington Consensus" on monetary policy, spreading capitalism and its accompanying prosperity throughout the world.
But that was then. In today's Democratic Party, it would be hard to find anyone willing to speak kindly of these successful Democratic policies of the recent past. Certainly, Hillary Clinton has disowned them. Bill Clinton has been strangely silent. No, today's Democrats have purged the voices for globalization, market economics, and the spread of liberal idealism. Anyone voicing such ideas today would be recognized — correctly — as a Republican. Today's Democratic Party boasts of both its socialist economics and its identity politics; the sole remaining debate focuses on which one is the greater priority. Last week, the Democrats' socialist and identity factions ended in a dead heat. Last night, socialism trounced identity politics.
The Democrats have thus provided clarity about their own identity. If you elevate identity politics above all, vote for Clinton. If your primary goal is seizing the assets of others, pulling a hefty administrative fee, and redistributing the rest to those you deem worthy, back Sanders. Everyone else should vote for a Republican.