This is a sentiment centrists keep making with no empirical evidence to support it. And the thing is, progressives went all in on Biden once he was the candidate. They worked on the campaign, activists got their orgs to do GOTV, people showed up.
The idea that progressives (or the "woke" as racist conservatives who are Republicans like to call them) are limiting reach for Democrats is just wrong. Empirically and strategically. Not only are they not preventing Dems from winning, you cannot win without them.
Look at where our crucial victories are right now. Do you think Detroit is a bastion of crypto-conservatives? Atlanta? Full of Rs who's be Ds if we jettisoned LGBTQ rights? Reproductive rights? No. That's stupid.
This is also a function of senior party leadership that is not very representative of Dems overall. They skew center, Boomer, and white. And when they slap progressives in the face they demonstrate that they don't entirely know where their bread is buttered.
At the very least, in the interest of big tent politics, they should stop publicly stating that the issues that matter to people on the ground, doing the work, are potentially disposable. It's insulting and self-defeating.
Here is some actual data. Looks like supposedly damaging "wokeness" improved Biden's standing in a crucial area:

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5 Nov
I don't want to sound like a broken record on this, but if you think the left is overreaching on social issues but you insist that you're not racist, maybe don't use the word "woke" derisively. You can talk about overreach without doing that.
It's a word that comes out of the Black activist community and when you use it as a slur, you're telegraphing disrespect for people who are fighting for their civil rights. Maybe you only *mean* to insult overprivileged white hipsters. It doesn't matter. It's still disrespectful
And a lot of people I've seen do this are professional writers. You have the language at your disposal. Use it.
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4 Sep
Two of my siblings, my dad, and three of my grandfathers served in the military. (I was adopted, so have more grandpas than most people.) My sister Bobbi just retired from service a couple of weeks ago.
All of them joined for different reasons, but all of them joined in part because they thought of it as public service, something that the president can't wrap his head around because the concept of sacrifice for others is completely alien to him.
(Also kind of thinking particularly of my grandfather Apolinar, the good looking guy on the left here, a decorated veteran and 1st gen Mexican-American who served in the 82nd Airborne. Stephen Miller would have probably tried to deport him.)
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9 Aug
I grew up Southern Baptist in the 80/early 90s & the idea that conservative xians are perpetually persecuted is a big part of the culture. Even when everyone in the immediate culture is also a conservative Evangelical & the persecution consists of people mildly disagreeing w you
It predates the bad faith elements of the right's war on a completely fabricated idea of "cancel culture" but it has similar elements: people who think I'm wrong are persecuting me when they say so, especially if they argue that my position is morally suspect.
Also: people who reject my orthodoxy are automatically antagonistic to it, in a very active sense. (Which is a kind of collective narcissism IMO, but I remember this line of thinking very clearly.)
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31 Jul
I think people underestimate the extent to which both Jared and Trump are angry at blue state elites for never really accepting them. They both have massive inferiority complexes, even with all of their wealth and privilege. So of course they're happy to let, say, NYC die.
It probably feels like revenge for them. (They'll show those snobby old money / old power NYCers who's boss! And while they're at it, the DC elite, the SF elites, etc.)
They want validation from competent, smart people too, and the only way to get that is to be competent and smart themselves. Which would take work, and humility, neither of which they're up for. So not getting approval from those quarters makes them angry, too.
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29 Jun
Bunch of people asking whether I think Trump might drop out because I said I thought Trump was laying the groundwork to contest November results, and I guess there's some buzz that he might throw in the towel before then. But, no, I don't think that's going to happen. Because:
He's driven by ego, and narcissism, and dropping out would be admission of failure. He'd be a "quitter", "weak", a pathetic single-term president. (He's also insecure about the obvious things and manly men don't give up, etc.)
On a practical level, the SDNY has a big pile of lawsuits waiting for him when he exits office, and some of them look pretty brutal for him. There's a path where he could literally go to jail. (Unlikely, but possible.) He wants to put that off as long as possible.
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9 Jun
re: "Defund the Police": the phrase comes out of the activist community, and was developed by people--overwhelmingly people of color--who've been working on the problem for a long time.
The handwringing about the phrase (at least on this here website) is coming from white people who've never been on the receiving end of police violence, and as a result, in the back of their heads, the idea of fewer police bothers them, even if it's subconscious.
They still view the police as a largely positive and protective force (because for them, it might be) and even if they understand the overfunding / overmilitarization problem academically, they get freaked out.
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