seahawk wrote:The actual problem is that candidates who could win the presidential election, have no chance to win the nomination. The primaries will favour progressive leftist types, while the presidential election needs somebody more in the centre and also appealing to conservatives that are not right wing.
In the end they either have a candidate that will appeal to the party and will mobilize their supporters, but be too left and progressive to stand a chance, or a candidate more in the middle, but this won´t mobilize the supporters and many might even stay at home on election day. (Hillary effect)
I doubt there will be a repeat. Many people should be regretting not having voted for Hillary.
In France we had a similar situation in 2002-2007. Lionel Jospin lost the presidential election in 2002 by a thin margin because he didn't appeal enough to more leftists types, who instead voted for fringe candidates that made good results (hardcore communist candidates, several of them). Jospin had been in power for 5 years who are basically the best 5 years the country had seen in a long time and since, he would have made a good president, but didn't make it. Next election, the socialist candidate was much weaker and lost in the end, but that time she had the support of all the left, even communists and the like.
So clearly the Democratic party must run a center left candidate, with maybe one or two strong "leftist" ideas, like Obama did with Obamacare. Free college for example.