The Myth of Moderate Democrats

The Myth of Moderate Democrats

It worked for Mr. Lamb 2½ years ago, when he narrowly flipped Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District from red to blue in a special election—and then went on to win the general election in a more favorably redrawn 17th District. A former Marine officer and federal prosecutor, Mr. Lamb successfully presented himself as a faithful son of western Pennsylvania focused on kitchen-table issues. He even promised to vote against Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House if elected, which he did. Live Q&A Event WSJ Opinion | The 2020 Election: The Final Days, or Will It Be Weeks? Join WSJ Opinion’s Paul Gigot, Daniel Henninger, Kyle Peterson, and Kimberley Strassel for a live discussion and Q&A on the race’s final stretch. October 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT This year is a different story. Mr. Lamb now has a record. He’s also up against a formidable Republican opponent in Sean Parnell, an Army Ranger combat vet who was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for his service in Afghanistan. In August, the New York Times ran a piece headlined “How Biden Could Learn from Conor Lamb’s Victory in Trump Country.” There’s truth in that. But just as Mr. Biden is trying to put a moderate face on the Bernie Sanders/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez platform he has embraced, Mr. Lamb has to defend himself against charges that he has moved left since taking his seat in Congress. One year ago, well before the first votes in the Iowa caucuses had been […]

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