It isn’t just that so many of these Blue Dogs/New Dems are in relatively safe Democratic districts. One of the reasons so often offered for support of Republican Lite candidates is that they run in Republican districts where a liberal won’t win, but progressive populists can do a lot better in such districts than Republican-Lite Clintonites. They offer a slate of bread-and-butter issues with broad appeal — raising the minimum wage, tuition-free higher education, etc. — that can draw a larger coalition of voters than just Democratic die-hards.

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