I read the Democratic Prog platform, all of it — long and detailed. I agreed with about 80% of it – not 100% but enough to say “f-it”, and I am now no longer an Independent / No Party Affiliation.
I like AOC.
I watched extremists from the hard shallow right (“Pat Robertson Libertarianism”, basic anti-statist “Leave Us Alone Coalition” ) slowly grow in influence my whole life as they pulled politics towards the right.
Apparently started before I was aware of it but I started seeing it as a kid in the 1980s, Rush Limbaugh early 90s, and you got lots of little acolytes littered all over the internet, giving bits of influence from various angles.
Anyway, they finally got the majority-majority in 2016, mostly due to standard “Republican always follows a Democrat” pattern and pushed through a LOT of legislation at a feverish pace for 2 years.
Results are all around. Good for the wealthy. For Middle Income and below, negatives starting to show.
So, I think folks like him need to say what they say, staying the course. We’ve gone WAY to the right. Right-wing still plays victim to Left but it’s not anymore, if it ever was.