Published July 16, 2019
It’s been decades since Democrats had to confront a genuine challenge from the far left. Notwithstanding the unity that President Trump seems to have offered the party in the last few days, recent events show that period of relative unity among Democrats is probably temporary.
The cracks in the party were most evident last week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) casually deployed the race card against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). To be sure, Ocasio-Cortez’s side swipe — implying Pelosi singled her and her progressive allies out for criticism because they are women of color — was bad enough. But the real depth of the challenge Democrats face is better seen by looking at comments from Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti.
Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.