The Australian | Tuesday 19 March 2019
More than a dozen candidates are seeking US Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump next year. More, including former vice-president Joe Biden, are expected to announce they are joining the race. But this contest is shaping up to be as much a battle for the presidency as it is for the soul of the Democratic Party.
The moderate centrist politics personified by the two-term presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama may be a thing of the past. The Democratic Party is shifting leftwards and is becoming radicalised, as its congressional and gubernatorial leaders advocate a new era of big government spending, regulation and redistribution, even socialism.