With sagging poll numbers and fragmented message, the Democratic Party is lurching left with the hope of motivating their base; offering new “pet projects” aimed at turning out the progressive vote during the 2018 midterm elections.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders led the charge this week, promising a federally funded jobs project that seeks to employ “everyone” with a $15 an hour position and full healthcare benefits.
The plan would fund “infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education, and other goals.”
“I think Senator Sanders’ performance during the presidential campaign was much better than other Democrats expected, and this has given him a higher profile and greater standing in the campaign,” Stan Veuger, economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told Fox News.
“Hillary [Clinton] losing to Trump has probably also convinced some people within the Democratic Party that a more populist platform would be electorally successful in general-election settings,” he added.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand -another potential 2020 candidate- endorsed the plan, saying “now is the time for big, bold ideas to fix our economy.”