Democrats caught in a civil war
“The first shots in the Democratic civil war have been fired,” said Noah Rothman. The party’s democratic socialist faction, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been threatening to run leftist candidates in primaries against moderate Democrats who don’t conform to progressive “ideology orthodoxy” on Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and other issues. So now the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which wants to “protect vulnerable incumbents whatever their ideological proclivities,” announced that it would cut off all business with political consultant firms that work with Democratic primary challengers. Ocasio-Cortez—who won her seat after primarying a Democratic incumbent—struck back by telling fellow progressives to withhold all donations to the DCCC. An exasperated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now engaged in an open power struggle with Ocasio-Cortez and her allies. The rift threatens to tear the party apart as the 2020 election looms. Former President Barack Obama is pleading with Democrats not to set up “a circular firing squad.” It may be too late. An ideological purity test is underway, and the firing has begun.