The only thing “moving to the right” accomplishes is to keep the people who were going to vote for you from bothering to go to the polls. It doesn’t win you a single vote from the right – they were never going to vote for you.
Every Dem Politician please read at least this paragraph from Daily Kos: Rock bottom, at long last?
What was unanticipated–at least by some–was the conspiracy-minded zealous insanity of the conservative base, as well as the utter unwillingness of Republican politicians to compromise in any way for the good of the country. The Democratic response–outside of an utter sense of disbelief at just how radical the right had become–was to try to protect its most vulnerable members against accusations of being too far left by avoiding a push for transformational policies that would have provided a tangible sense of accomplishment and motivation for the Democratic base. If the goal was indeed to convince the conservative-leaning voters in swing districts that the Democrats were not in fact socialist Muslim Marxist fascist Stalinist homosexual terrorist sympathizers, it didn’t work. The conservative base was just as motivated, while the Democratic base felt that they had absolutely nothing to vote for. The end result? A massive enthusiasm gap, and the largest generic Congressional ballot difference in the history of the Gallup Poll.
Moving to the right doesn’t stop them from calling you a “socialist.” It doesn’t win you a single vote. All it does is keep the people who were going to vote for you from bothering to go to the polls.