The Washington media isn't finished marveling at the fact that Bill Clinton staked his career on centrism and now Hillary Clinton has moved to the left of him. He also took office over two decades ago and a few things have changed. But Washington is always the last to spot these trends, even after it's been left it in the dust. From Politico:
To succeed today, Hillary Clinton—like any national Democrat—must win over that wing. But doing so will encourage Republicans to paint her as too beholden to the party's liberal, urban, heavily minority base...
She is being dragged left by younger voters and minority groups, who make up essential elements of today's Democratic coalition and tend to favor federal solutions more readily, according to polls, than older, whiter voters. The party's votes now overwhelmingly come from big cities, territory in which Democratic mayors such as Bill De Blasio in New York and Eric Garcetti in Los Angeles have made addressing income inequality central to their mission through measures such as lifting the minimum wage and building more affordable housing.
Two things—those older, whiter voters are actually and literally in decline
"They've moved left partly because they've won," says Lara Brown, a political scientist at George Washington University. "Parties typically go as far toward their core ideology as they can, as long as they keep winning."
Amen. The pendulum is returning from its rightward swing and it has been doing so for the last two presidential election cycles. Washington will catch on ... eventually.