October 30, 2020

Toward a Progressive Democratic Party

Moritz Wichmann

The Limitation to Expanding the Progressive Left in 2020

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sochie Nnaemeka, Director of the NY Working Families Party (@workingfamilies).

Bernie Sanders did not win the primary, but the progressive revolt within the Democratic Party continues. Much has been written about the reasons Sanders lost his second bid to become the Democratic Presidential nominee, but the fact that the Vermont Senator lost does not tell us as much about the power, positioning, and the potential of the party’s left flank as one might think. A look at congressional primaries for the US House of Representatives and the US Senate shows that the party is shifting to the left, even as progressives meet new obstacles, both self-imposed and structural.