In the last 20 years which party has moved more and in which direction?

Recently Elon Musk shared a common meme basically saying that the left has moved so far left that he no longer is left of center but right of center personally while his beliefs never changed.

The meme itself is way older and wasnt made by elon.

This triggered a storm on social media and media where people started arguing why elon is right or wrong.

WP did a whole analysis:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/04/28/what-elon-musks-polarization-graph-gets-wrong/?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social

quoting voteView (led by Jeffrey Lewis funded by https://hewlett.org/ ) and their assesment that the GOP has moved right significantly while the Dems have not moved at all in the last 22 years.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/Y7FP6TJW7ZFSDMR6NDMUKDQ67E.png&w=916

Ultimately finishing with a meme of their own:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/AGHFO4GDOBHIVDW3KI2FICIX3E.png&w=916

alleging that its the republicans that moved too far right

On the other side the republicans just point to the 1992 and 1996 dem platforms of Bill Clinton:

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/1996-democratic-party-platform

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/1992-democratic-party-platform

Which slams illegal migration , matches modern republican sentiment on crime and brags about pushing harsher punishments instead of reform, contains much milder anti gun language, strong pro military message interventionist sentiment (curiously 92s platform talks about global warming but 96th doesnt).

Today’s Democratic Party also believes we must remain a nation of laws. We cannot tolerate illegal immigration and we must stop it.

The first mention of the term Undocumented immigration in the party platform appears in 2004:

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/2004-democratic-party-platform

Also the border ‘fence’ bill of 2006:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2022/4/27/23043477/title-42-border-biden-midterms-trump

and the numerous LGBT (first appearing as a term in 2012)related issues that dominate the politics of the last 8 years which seem to be completely missing from their 90s platforms with an exception of this row:

We support continued efforts, like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to end discrimination against gay men and lesbians and further their full inclusion in the life of the nation.

Who do you believe moved where?

  • Was it both parties moving to their extremes respectively?
  • Was it both sides moving left?
  • Did either side move more compared to their starting position?
  • Has the Overton window shifted compared to the 2000s for either party and in what way?

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