There is a war going on within the Democratic Party between two factions. It is hard to see it because this war, for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, is being conducted behind closed doors.
Even as Democrats vote as a block, there are key differences that are beginning to show up with in the Democratic caucus. The most recent was the statement made by freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Cause Action reported:
Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election.
Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.” [Emphasis added]
This statement is a declaration of war against any Democrat who sides with the Republicans.
AOC & Justice Democrats
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic Socialist. She was supported by the newly formed Justice Democrats.
In my column “How ‘Justice Democrats’ Plan on Taking Total Control of the Their Party” I wrote:
[T]here is a new crop of elected members of Congress who are a clear and present danger to our Constitutional Republican form of government. These newly elected members of the U.S. Congress include: Democrat Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Palestinian Rashida Tlaib and Islamist Ilhan Omar. They call themselves “Justice Democrats.”
The organization formed as a result of the 2016 United States presidential election and has a stated goal of reforming the Democratic Party by running “a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member of Congress and rebuild the Democratic Party from “scratch” starting in the 2018 congressional midterm elections. [Emphasis added]
According to the Justice Democrats website:
We’re focused on recruiting candidates to run in districts where the incumbent Democrat is demographically and ideologically out-of-touch with the voters of the district.
Who are these Democrats who are siding with Republicans?
In a Greenwich Time article titled “Centrists see a risk in moving to the left” Michael Scherer and Mike DeBonis report:
John Anzalone, an Alabama-based Democratic pollster, said the perception that the [Democratic] party’s primary voters are enthusiastically liberal is not based on data.
“There is, without a doubt, a myth that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez somehow represents the narrative of Democratic primary voters in the country,” Anzalone said. “Almost half of them identify themselves as moderates or conservative.”
That appears to be at least somewhat borne out by the midterms, when less-ideological candidates often won when facing purist opponents. Thirty-three of the 40 GOP seats that Democrats picked up were won by candidates who had been endorsed by the moderate NewDem PAC. [Emphasis added]
Who is NewDemPAC?
According to the NewDemPAC website:
Founded in 1997, the New Democrat Coalition is a solutions-oriented caucus of 101 forward-thinking lawmakers working to bridge the divide between parties and ideologies by challenging the traditional, outmoded approach to governance. New Democrats are leading the way to grow the economy and increase opportunity. In all, New Democrats make up roughly forty percent of the House Democratic Caucus.
Under “Growth” the NewDemPAC website states:
We believe in smart, sensible regulatory policies that make it easier for Americans with ideas to start new businesses, and we do not believe that Democrats should defend old regulations that fail to protect consumers and heap layer after layer of red tape on business owners. We believe in a tax code that everyday Americans can understand – not one that punishes small business owners for trying to make it in America by distorting economic decisions and putting the country at a disadvantage in the race for global prosperity. [Emphasis added]
Sound like President Donald J. Trump doesn’t it?
There is a war brewing in the Democratic Party in 2020. The 2020 election will be a referendum on socialism within the Democratic Party. Let’s see who wins.