I often wonder: if a tiger was after you, would you incrementalists keep moving by baby steps, or would you consider running at top speed like the rest of us? :-)
I wonder if say in that situation, someone was holding you hostage in that situation and said, either you give up something or you get eaten by the tiger.
Would today's progressive just let themselves be eaten by the tiger rather than give in and live to see and fight another day? Or would they insist on having it all their way and then wind up being eaten by the tiger.
Right now, that may change and I hope it does, we do not enjoy a complete majority in government to do as we please. (We had a supermajority
for a small window of time and managed to pass (not just talk about)Obamacare such as it was.) We have a majority in the house, we have enough in the senate to be able to maybe pick some republicans off and we have a stubborn idiot president. That is the reality we have to deal with. Before that, we had a democratic President with a very stubborn congress with actual stated and organized intentions of saying no to every single proposal Obama came up with. In such a situation, you have deal with your surroundings along with your goals. Moreover, some of those not even all democrats agree with nor are honor bound to or else find another party. Right now there are still more regular democrats than there are today's new progressives as well as democrat voters.
For instance in the Medicare or Health Care for all, when the polls get more specific there is more support for fixing the existing Obamacare and working towards UHC than scrapping and starting from scratch to speak.