Against leftist perfectionism in 2022

Why Democrats' intraparty squabbles matter so much this year

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One year ago, Democrats were ascendant. They'd won the presidency, the House, and — by virtue a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris — the Senate, opening the way, many thought, for a New Deal 2.0. The centrist Democratic Party establishment, the party's progressive wing, and voting rights advocates alike seemed on the brink of accomplishing some of their most cherished goals.

And then reality hit. A signature element of President Biden's agenda, the Build Back Better bill, got stuck in the Senate logjam. COVID cases and inflation surged, and Biden's approval rating sank to an alarmingly low 33 percent. In response, some disillusioned progressives and voting rights activists are now threatening to jump ship from the coalition that elected that unified Democratic government in 2020.

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