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Biden’s centrist strategy makes sense: It can prevent Trump’s return

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At the beginning of 2020, when Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, it appeared that the Democratic Party might be veering to the left. At the beginning of 2021, when Republican leaders in both the House and Senate said former president Donald Trump bore responsibility for the assault on the Capitol, it appeared that the Republican Party might be returning to the center.

Neither of those possibilities has come to pass. Instead, what political scientists refer to as the “asymmetric polarization” of U.S. politics continues to intensify. Democrats are sticking to the sane center while Republicans go ever further to the right.

Last week, in a Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in Ohio, the winner was Shontel Brown, a moderate endorsed by the party establishment. She defeated Nina Turner, an uber-progressive backed by Sanders who had compared voting for Joe Biden to eating half a bowl of excrement. In recent months, centrist Democrats also have won a special U.S. House election in Louisiana, the Democratic primary for mayor of New York and the Democratic primary for governor of Virginia.

This should be no surprise given that President Biden has 90 percent approval among Democrats, and he is hewing to the center. While he has thrown a few........

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