It might be time to pay careful attention to the political entertainment in California. The Hill reports:
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) turned out en masse at ordinarily sleepy party caucuses earlier this month, electing a slate of delegates who could be poised to take over the largest Democratic Party organization outside of Washington, D.C.
As final vote totals trickled in, Sanders backers claimed to have elected more than 650 delegates out of 1,120 available seats chosen at this month’s caucuses. Those delegates will choose the next state Democratic Party chairman, along with other party officials.
Sanders supporters say they hope to change the very nature of the Democratic Party.
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California’s legislature has been at the vanguard of some of the most liberal policy programs in the nation, on everything from climate change to immigrant rights. Sanders supporters hope to leverage their newfound power to convince Democratic majorities in the state Assembly and state Senate to embrace even more aggressive progressive positions.
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California is not the only state in which Sanders backers are trying to take over Democratic parties. The group is also organizing in Florida, Iowa, Colorado and Michigan, Jackson said.
“Hopefully, within a year or two, we’ll have a majority of the states covered,” Jackson said.
There's more at the link.
I find this very interesting, for a number of reasons.
- The Sanders bloc in the Democratic Party was actively sabotaged by the party establishment during last year's presidential election. Its activists were deliberately sidelined by operatives favoring Hillary Clinton. That's backfiring on the party right now, as the anger engendered by such discrimination is being funneled into this takeover attempt. I think it has a good chance of succeeding in at least some states, and possibly nationally as well, given time.
- It's going to pose a real challenge for the Democratic Party leadership in Congress and the Senate, which has just re-elected its old leaders again and sidestepped younger, more politically astute challengers. In other words, its political leaders no longer reflect the motivations, desires and policy positions of many younger Democratic Party activists. I think a clash may be inevitable.
- There's also the question of how to square a more activist, progressive, left-wing Democratic Party with the desires of voters, who clearly turned away from such positions to elect President Trump last year. How that will play out is anybody's guess, but I'd expect the Democrats to lose more elected positions and offices in the short term, before they can rebuild around their new core constituency.
It's going to be fun to watch. Pass the popcorn!