Washington journalists these days are having many conversations with Democratic operatives and veterans of previous administrations that go something like this:
This is insane. Our party has a death wish. We are going to blow this election and give the country four more years of Donald Trump.
These downbeat Democrats are talking generally about what they regard as their party’s dangerous lurch to the left in the 2020 campaign. Most often these days they are talking specifically about Elizabeth Warren. And they are talking even more specifically about her embrace of mandatory “Medicare for All.” By these lights: The plan is wildly expensive, unrealistic, frightening to moderate voters in key swing states who want to dump Trump but need reassurance before empowering a liberal in the Oval Office.