Only Clinton can keep Democratic coalition from splintering

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The Tea Party movement in the Republican Party has been the hot political party topic for the last several years. Calling themselves true conservatives with a splash of libertarianism, these individuals have won and lost primary and general elections, have caused United States House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, countless headaches and have made huge policy efforts to push the GOP farther to the right.

Meanwhile, on the other side, Democrats have had a relatively peaceful time generally uniting behind President Barack Obama’s governing record. This record with only a few exceptions, has been center-left on the political/philosophical scale.

The question I raise today is the following — will the Democratic Party’s left wing start making some serious political noise about moving their party to the left as 2016 looms closer? Issues such as income inequality, real immigration reform, taxing the rich, punishing Wall Street (especially the concept of too big to fail) expanding the social welfare state, reducing defense spending, etc., are out there, but few Democrats have been willing to buck Obama’s positions on these matters. Why?


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