The Wall Street Journal's editorial page today compared the Democrat party to a doughnut--there's no center.
The Democratic leadership has arguably never been more overtly hostile to free markets, deregulation, tax reform and free trade than it is today. The National Taxpayers Union reports that last year the House Democrats recorded their lowest taxpayer rating ever, having voted just 13% of the time for smaller government and less taxes.Seems to me to be more like a crescent roll, but I guess "Doughnut Democrats" has a nicer ring.
The only notable Democrat who is embracing any centrist ideologies is Hillary Clinton. She may be the only leader in her party that understands that the party's disenfranchisement of the middle class and its abandon of any moderate, let alone conservative, ideals has cost them elections.
The problem with Hillary is that we cannot be certain where she really stands on issues because she might just be putting up a moderate front so she can take a run at the White House. That means she's not a doughnut at all, she's a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.
For additional perspective, take a look at Enlighten-New Jersey and Another Rovian Conspiracy.