May be too much cynicism on my part, but here’s a question that imo is related.
Why do Democrats rely so heavily on polls and focus groups in staking out their positions?
In general Democrats are more risk-averse than Republicans - and yes I realize that seems backwards. But hear me out. Ever since George McGovern allowed their clock to be cleaned the Democrats act in ways that avoid losing. They do not go for the win; too much risk.
I think Democrats are acting as they have since 1972, overly cautious. They play not to lose. They stopped playing to win in 1972.