The incredible transformation of the Democratic Party

Younger! More progressive! More diverse! And happening now.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
(Image credit: Illustrated | AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Democratic Party is undergoing an incredible transformation before our very eyes, indisputably becoming younger, more diverse, and more progressive.

Still, many political wags remain obsessed with applying the narrative of Democrats' 2016 schism onto what they see today. Does the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over senior House leader Joe Crowley in New York mean that the progressive wing is ascendant? What about the slightly-more-moderate Gretchen Whitmer's primary win over progressive Abdul El-Sayid in the Michigan gubernatorial primary? Does veteran Illinois Democratic House moderate Dan Lapinski's narrow triumph over his more liberal primary challenger Marie Newman mean that the party's center is holding? Or does the rough road for a sitting representative with no scandals indicate that time is running out for Lapinski's centrist style of politics?

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