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Biden and Democrats look for a new ‘3rd way’ as political reality sets in

President Biden at the White House on Wednesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Biden has long marketed himself as a pragmatic, moderate Democrat. He was first elected to the Senate in 1972, the year his party’s presidential nominee — South Dakota Sen. George McGovern — ran on a left-wing platform and lost 49 states, including Biden’s home state of Delaware, to Richard Nixon. And Biden’s political rise coincided with the ascendency of conservatism as America’s dominant political ideology and the decline of New Deal-style liberalism.

So it was a surprise to many when Biden, who ran and won in 2020 as

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