Thanks for the thoughtful feedback.
Do keep in mind that as I define (and refine) these definitions, they are meant to describe the primary attributes of a candidate — that is, their political character traits with which they are most likely to be identified with by a Democratic primary voter. Many of them have overlapping traits, and all would like to win the votes of all three major categories, but the reality is, when faced with a choice, voters must choose based on what they value — economics or culture — and to what extent.
With all that said, let me respond in points:
So I put Klobucher in the “Workers” camp because she’s primarily campaigning on economic, rather than cultural, issues — at least, so far. But I would retain she is ‘soft’ in that regards, as a means to describe the centrism you describe.
Gabbard for sure does have plenty of Worker traits, but her most forward-facing identity is pretty Dogmatic — a hard anti-war Leftism that is essentially cultural rather than economic.
I would agree with your assessment on Buttigieg, especially as he has pivoted the past few weeks.
Finally, part of the hesitation for me to use poll numbers is this:
- We’re still far out, so numbers are fluid
- If we’d used polls to guide our predictions for the GOP’s 2016, we would have absolutely discounted Trump, who was never the front runner — until he was (and that experience in part drove me to try to describe primary dynamics in a different way)
- Biden still isn’t in yet; though I don’t disagree he’s a front runner if he does, until he actually makes that jump, I’ll keep him to the side.
Again, thanks for your thoughtful feedback.