Democrat Steve Rattner: My Party’s ‘Progressive Wing’ Scares Me

by Andrew Johnson

The Democratic party’s further shift to the left is worrisome to some of the party’s more moderate members, such as Morning Joe contributor Steve Rattner. A former member of the Obama administration’s task force to address the auto-industry crisis, Rattner joined Joe Scarborough in pushing back against Howard Dean, who argued that a more left-leaning party is not a problem.

“As a centrist Democrat, I am scared about the progressive wing of my party — I’m scared,” Rattner interjected. “I think Bill Clinton put our party right back where it belongs — we could have been Michael Dukakis for the next 20 years — so I want us to stay there.”