Some of the "moderates" are DINO. In fact not even that, they're fully Republicans, if the GOP hadn't become the house of crazies. They take money from big donors and do their bidding. 70% of Republicans and 90% of Dems in West Virginia support the infrastructure bill, but Joe Manchin opposes it. Who is he representing, exactly ?
On the other hand, nothing the progressives are asking for is remotely "far left". It's normal life in Western Europe for decades.
Does it go too far for the US, probably yes, and I'm sure there is margin for negotiation between the two sides, but the "moderates" want to do so little it would be meaningless. They're acting as if it will make any difference next election, as if the GOP will be grateful for their moderation. Even if absolutely nothing is done, the GOP will still call every Dem a "crazy communist out to destroy America". So while you have power, do something with it, then people will have something to vote about, not just rants.
This is the best post on this thread. You said everything that I wanted to say. The bottom line is, if you look at what the Progressives in the house are fighting for, it could easily pass for the Tori party manifesto in the UK, or it could have been the official platform of Erin O'Toole and the conservative party in Canada.
There is a big misconception of what moderate actually means. Let me spell it out for you. Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices is a Moderate position that would benefit almost all Americans, and it would also save the Federal Government a ton of money (meaning it would actually reduce the deficit.) It both cuts spending and doesn't raise taxes, which are two things the GOP says they want yet the GOP is staunchly against this idea. That is extreme in my opinion. And it gets worse, a number of Democrats are against it and then if you look at who they are and look at their campaign donors....you see big pharma. In fact, one Democrat, Scott Peters of California was called out by his own constituents on it, and he didn't apologize, saying he needed the corrupting money to fight a possible GOP challenger (In a safe blue district)https://jacobinmag.com/2021/09/democrats-big-pharma-drug-pricing-vote-peters-schrader-rice
Also Biden should have all the leverage in the world over Joe Manchin. Joe Manchin's Daughter was caught rigging a merger deal with a company she ran called Mylan. She orchestrated a merger with Pfizer so that she could get rich and Pfizer could eliminate a competitor for an Epi-Pen so that they could have a monopoly and price gouge people who need them. Then to make matters worse, Mylan moved all the jobs out of West Virginia. She literally sold West Virginians out to get rich. What she did is criminal. Biden can use this as Leverage saying, if you don't vote with us we will prosecute your Daughter. Here is the great reporting on this issue from the intercept.https://theintercept.com/2021/09/07/joe-manchin-epipen-price-heather-bresch/
Again, the extremism in my opinion is stuff that benefits the wealthy and the corporations. The moderate stuff is the stuff that actually benefits the people. The Dems are on the right side of these issues largely. But because the corporate media and people who hate Joe Biden don't want him to have victories, they spin it as though these corporate Democrats are actually moderate, when they are in fact extreme just like Mitch McConnell has been his entire career.