If there's one thing that both progressives and far-righties have in common, it's their insistence that America wants exactly what they want, if only they weren't too stupid to realize it. And they're absolutely convinced that if voters were allowed to have someone like them on the ballot, the person would not only win, but would be able to make all the changes needed to fix this country.
And who's preventing this from happening? The party establishment, of course. And we're assured by both sides that their party's establishment cares more about money than about winning, and if only they'd stop forcing mainstream candidates on us, we'd get the candidates everyone really wants. It's all a big conspiracy of party elders destroying our country for their own personal benefit.
But of course, that's nonsense. The parties want winners, period. They want candidates who make their jobs easier, and the whole reason they prefer mainstream candidates is because it's easier to sell a mainstream candidate than one on either extreme. That's the definition of mainstream. And while I definitely agree that a safe Democratic seat should go to someone Democrats would really love, Red/Purple state seats should go to someone who can win that seat. And let's face it, that's what democracy is all about. We elect people to represent us in Congress; not our political party.
And so we see the progressive nemesis Evan Bayh dropping out, and likely to be replaced with a Democrat who's even more conservative than Bayh. And of course that's what should happen. Indiana deserves a Senator who represents Indiana; not one to satisfy progressives elsewhere. That's how our system should function. And if anything, the problems we're suffering right now are because Republicans are more willing to serve their party's interests over their constituent's. And the progressive solution is to damn any conservative Democrat and make things even easier for Republicans.
For as much as progressives insist that our two-party system is a drag, it's obvious that they're the ones who prefer party discipline over anything else. They're not interested in democracy. They're just looking for a gang war. And anyone who gets in the way of that war is more of an enemy than the people they're at war with.