(Politico) DAVID FREEDLANDER February 04 2019 Maybe youve heard the warning: The country is beset by a menace. A fringe conservative minority is holding Congress hostage extracting radical policy concessions over the will of the majority. And its leading the nation to fiscal environmental and moral ruin. Maybe you havent heard this part: These dangerous conservatives are Democrats. I am talking about the radical conservatives in the Democratic Party" said Saikat Chakrabarti. Thats who we need to counter. Its the same across any number of issuespay-as-you-go free college Medicare for all." These are all enormously popular in the party but they dont pass because of the radical conservatives who are holding the party hostage." Not long ago this would have been an outlier position even among American liberals. Today its the organizing principle of a newly empowered segment of the Democratic Party one with a foothold in the new Congress.