A Democratic turf war is raging — even as progressives try to elect Biden
Off-the-radar battles between moderates and progressives have broken out over health care, police reform and primary challenges.
The Democratic establishment vs. progressives turf war is alive and well.
New battlefronts between moderate and left-wing Democrats have broken out in recent weeks over the future direction of the party even as they work closely together to oust President Donald Trump.
Despite presenting a mostly united front during the Democratic convention, opposing sides of the party are clashing over health care, climate change, police reform and primary challenges. The disagreements have largely taken place on the sidelines due to the pandemic, but they offer a glimpse at the coming fights between progressives and centrists if Joe Biden wins in November.
Progressives have been frustrated by the limits of their political capital — feelings that were exacerbated by what unfolded during the Democratic convention and since. Many questioned the decision to give Republican politicians more air time to present their vision for the country than actual members of the party, including stars like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Liberals lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for backing primary challenger Joe Kennedy in his bid to unseat Green New Deal co-sponsor Sen. Ed Markey. They called her move hypocritical after she cracked down last year on consultants who worked with Democratic primary challengers seeking to oust incumbents.
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