Originally Posted by patteeu
To me, this seems like a ludicrous thing to say about a party that nominated Mitt Romney. The democrat candidate is far more "fringe" than Mitt Romney even if Republicans and popular sentiment have prevented him from going full Obama.
Yep, they sure did, and he's losing because he's being pulled to the right, as evidenced by his far-right VP pick. The same thing happened four years ago, and they lost because they pressured McCain into alienating his moderate supporters, myself included.
Additionally, over the last few years, we've seen the far right propose personhood amendments, anti-abortion legislation, and anti-Union movements in many states; perpetuate the birther nonsense; mumble about starting a brand new war (!) with Iran; deny climate change; brand those who disagree with them as anti-patriotic and even downright Socialist; choose obstructionism over cooperation, and religious intolerance over science; decry education; and even repeatedly claim that teachers are paid too much.
Think about that. Teachers. Paid too much.
Obama, on the other hand, perpetuated the war in Afghanistan, modeled his health-care reform and cap-and-trade plans after Republican templates, extended the Bush-era tax cuts, and completely ignored gun control, even after Gabby Giffords was shot through the head. He has a lot more room on his left before he can be labelled fringe.