Political experts in the United States believe that Democrats’ collective chances of increasing 2018 midterm elections’ collective victories are strong. Many Americans – the saying is probably modified slightly for all political hemispheres – are familiar with the following saying:
Republicans fall in line, whereas Democrats fall in love.
In simple terms, this adage means that Republicans tend to support bills, other candidates, and other intraparty events in line with other Republicans, collectively creating a stronger force than that of Democrats in the United States of America.
Recently, Democrats have moved towards accepting others’ views on issues they don’t individually agree on in the name of boosting their party’s collective power. Many experts believe that Donald Trump’s presidency has fueled such collectivism.
With approval ratings lower than any other United States President thus far, a plan to implement the death penalty for drug users, and being surrounded by an alleged – more like “likely true,” if not “entirely true” – affair with Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford, Democrats largely accepting fellow party members’ views, regardless of their so-called “purity,” are good for opposing the Greater Opposition Party.
For the longest time, liberals in the United States have only agreed with fellow liberals passing a “liberal purity test” of sorts.
Let’s take the views supporters of Bernie Sanders’ run at a 2016 intraparty Primary Democratic Caucus bid for presidential nominee into consideration; with Bernie’s views largely more progressive than most politicians in the entirety of the United States, supporters might not have accepted less-progressive Democrats’ views. However, in today’s political atmosphere, many long-standing Bernie supporters don’t gauge fellow Democratic candidates with such a pure litmus test.
Conor Lamb, for example, won March 13’s special election in the 18th congressional district of Pennsylvania. Even though Lamb identifies as a Democrat, he disagreed with Sanders’ widely-held support of a $15 minimum wage, self-identified as “pro-gun,” and actually agreed with fracking, a controversial process of mining natural gas that most progressives scoot away from.