The Democratic Party’s fractures are widening into chasms. First, the establishment was dealt a severe blow with socialist outsider Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset #3-ranked House Democrat Joe Crowley to win a New York primary last month. And then this weekend, the California Democratic Party turned their backs on long-time serving Senator Dianne Feinstein by endorsing her challenger, California State Sen. Kevin de Leon. With all of this happening as Democrats around the country run on a promise to unseat Nancy Pelosi as the party’s leader in Washington, the left may be in too much disarray to make good on their promise of a blue wave in November.
From Fox News:
In backing de Leon, a majority of the party’s 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein’s calls to stay neutral in the race. Her allies had warned an endorsement would only further divide Democrats.
The final vote margin was lopsided: A total of 217 delegates voted for de Leon, of Los Angeles, or nearly 65 percent of the delegates. Meanwhile, only 22, or 7 percent, cast ballots for Feinstein and 94, or nearly 30 percent, voted for no endorsement.
The California Democratic Party had declined to endorse Feinstein’s re-election bid in February, but it did not then also endorse de Leon at that time.
De Leon has long been courting party activists and appealed to those seeking a fresh face and a more progressive senator to fight against President Donald Trump.
According to de Leon, who has been very instrumental in crafting the state’s pro-illegal immigration laws, the vote meant California Democrats were ready for a change in Washington.
“Today’s vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.,” he said in a statement. “We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century.”
It seems that the Democrats are having their own big Tea Party-style movement, and it is threatening to leave any hint of moderation, constitutional-adherence, or capitalism in the rearview mirror. Even if the insurgent socialists don’t “win” control of the party, they will drive the leaders further and further to the left, a phenomenon we’re already seeing.
The good news? The further they go to the left, the more they will lose the working class whites and other “normal” Democrats who once called the party home. Additionally, these lunatic voters on the fringe are so obsessed with purity testing their candidates that THEY will stay home when it comes time to vote for a middle-of-the-road Democrat against a Republican. This schism has all the makings of a very bad year or two for the left.
Good luck, Chuck and Nancy. You’re about to need it.