Democrats Are Headed off Their Own Cliff
Instead of trying to control the center, Sanders takes his party to the extreme

Rothenberg: Sen. Bernie Sanders has plenty in common with both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Political observers – yes, including myself – have argued for years that the Republican Party has moved too far right, allowing its most ideological elements to limit its legislative options, prevent it from addressing national problems, and damage its appeal to key swing and emerging voter groups.

But instead of Democrats responding by positioning themselves in the political center where they could maximize their appeal, many Democrats are embracing their own version of ideological extremism.