With a disappointing showing in House elections?
Moderate Democratic lawmakers are angry at the Progressive Left ones….
While Republicans continue to row together in public…
The Democrats are already in political knife fights that Joe. Biden is gonna have to preside over with Nancy Pelosi …
It is necessary ….
But it will be distracting and play to Republican’s efforts to divide the Biden political power ….
Donald Trump kept things together…
With him losing?
Things are a little shaky….
LIGHT IT UP LIKE DYNAMITE — Tensions inside the Democratic party are boiling over and spilling out into public view. The latest shots came from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y), who responded to a report from Heather and Sarah that fellow New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries asked other top Dems on a private leadership call: “Do we want to govern or do we want to be internet celebrities?”
AOC’s response: “Pretty astounding that some Dems don’t believe it’s possible to govern, be politically popular, and command formidable bully pulpits at the same time, but it actually explains a lot about how we got here,” she tweeted. “We don’t have to choose between these things! We can do better and win!”
That got your Huddle host thinking: At what point, if ever, do progressives form a Freedom Caucus of the left? The conservative group wielded immense power (and created quite a few headaches for leadership) when the GOP held the majority, by sticking together as a voting bloc and bending the party to their will.
And progressives have shown interest in flexing their muscles next year. The Congressional Progressive Caucus recently adopted some major reforms intended to centralize its growing power in Washington. Among the changes: new rules on attendance and voting, as well as eliminating the second co-chair position.
Plus, with Dems likely to have a thinner caucus next year (leadership will probably only have a five- to 10-seat majority), it actually wouldn’t take much for progressives to be powerful. And the four-member “squad” is set to expand its ranks next year with the additions of Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman and Ritchie Torres.
But squad members have shown varying degrees of willingness to play hard ball. And they might not want to be seen as obstructionist when Dems finally have the White House. As former Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows once told your Huddle host, they would have to be willing to completely “burn the ships down” in order to be successful.
And so far, most progressives do not appear to be at that point. (In fact, some have directly said they don’t want to be the Democratic version of the Freedom Caucus.)…