Absolutely! This is true worldwide - a gradual shifting left all across the political spectrum until today being centre-left is regarded as being conservative and the Socialists are able to cast traditional conservative values as extremist far-right wing. In Australia, we have a popular would-be leader of the federal conservative party who is exactly like Chris Christie (his name is Malcolm Turnbull). The socialist government keeps saying their could work so much better with the opposition if Turnbull were the leader. That's because he's a socialist in the wrong party.