June 7, 2020

IT'S NOT A PROGRESSIVE PARTY...:

Progressives steamrolled across the Senate map (ALEX THOMPSON and JAMES ARKIN, 06/07/2020, Politico)

If Democrats win back the Senate this fall, don't expect a rush to pass the Green New Deal or Medicare for All.

The left wing has been wiped out in Senate primaries or failed to recruit at all in states across the map this year, leaving a slate of centrist candidates more in the ideological mold of Joe Biden than Bernie Sanders. Liberal insurgents on the ballot over the coming weeks in states like Kentucky and Colorado aren't favored to fare any better, failing to gain significant traction thus far against more moderate favorites. [...]

The failure of left-wing candidates in their primaries has prompted soul-searching among many progressive leaders who now believe that they neglected the task of organizing and building a downballot bench as they were caught up in the thrall of Sanders' candidacy. It is also a victory for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who recruited most of the primary victors, viewing them as more likely to win general elections.

...and it will only become less so as Republicans flee to it and conservative people of color and religion are trapped in it by the Trumpification of the GOP.

Posted by at June 7, 2020 9:57 AM

  

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