You personally don’t get to redefine the semantic meaning of “centrist” to fit your own narrative. Nice try, but it’s bullshit.
While I actually agree with you that establishment Democrats, or Neo-liberals, should be classified for what they are, that however does not change the reality that these organizations are left on the political spectrum. They define themselves as left, and they practice extreme tactics used by the left.
So I don’t get to define centrists as centrists, but centrists get to define themselves as being on the left? How does that make any sense? The actual left is so far left of the Democratic establishment that it makes them look like the Republicans they really are. Neoliberalism and neoconservatism have way more in common than neoliberalism does with the left.
The term centrist already has a defined meaning which does not match the values of Neo-liberals. Neo-liberals are still liberal, they just don’t have the same traditional liberal values as the rest of the left. If you view David Brock as a centrist then that likely reflects that your own political beliefs are even more extreme left which is merely a reflection of how you view the world. However, that doesn’t mean Brock is a centrist to the rest of the world. You cannot just define the world based on your own views. This is why the left completely under estimated Trump and lost the election.
You may not have noticed, but what passes for the center has moved. If you want to let Fox News dictate where the center is by way of pulling the discourse to the right, that’s your prerogative, but I prefer a more objective, enduring standard. Neoliberals are to the right of Republicans from the Carter and Reagan eras on a great many issues; neoconservatives and Trumpists are so far to the right that they can’t even see where the center used to be anymore.
Regarding David Brock, I don’t know how you could be more centrist and establishment than that guy. He literally left the Republican Party to attempt to do the exact same things in the Democratic Party. He is a living emblem of the intersection of the sets of neoliberal and neoconservative beliefs. If you can’t accept that as centrism then please feel free to call it neocentrism. David Brock is the $12 minimum wage of political insiders.
Neo-liberals are still somewhere left on the political spectrum and are not centrists. They can actually be fairly extreme in their beliefs, and nature compared to actual centrists and moderates.
Do you have some sort of data to support this claim? Consider, too, that America is one country in the world. There are nations in the world where the right-wing looks more leftist than our Democrats.
More broadly, consider the first line from the Wikipedia entry for left wing: Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism. Does that sound like neoliberal “super predator” politics to you? Consider that social equality includes economic equality. Does that sound like corporatist neoliberalism to you, under whose most recent Presidency American income inequality has reached its highest point since the 1920s, which was the lead-up to the Great Depression? No, not at all.
Regarding why Trump won the election, it has nothing to do with me being on the left and calling David Brock the centrist, corporatist hack he is. It has everything to do with neoliberalism’s relationship to a rising Gini coefficient. When neoliberal policies funnel money to a cadre of oligarchs and insiders, and the Gini coefficient climbs, attempting to run a neoliberal candidate against a populist is a suboptimal strategy. They only had a shot because the opposition was Trump; against someone less odious, they wouldn’t have even been in the race.