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Politics Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul

14:41  01 august  2020
14:41  01 august  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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With the Democratic Party at its lowest ebb of power in a generation, their more immediate focus was made apparent when Mr Steyer asked - rhetorically This year seems different - perhaps because the multicultural progressive activists feel like they're winning the debate over the future of the party .

A party truly connected to the people would never have dared to make such a claim. In the real world of voters, human experience trumps macroeconomics What we need is a rump formation of dissenters who will break free of the Democratic Party ’ s confines and set a new agenda that will build the good

The Democratic National Committee's (DNC) flat-out rejection of anti-Israel language in the final version of its 2020 platform demonstrates that progressives should not be so quick to declare victory in the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul © Getty Images Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul

Yes, a candidate backed by progressives toppled incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.). Engel, the powerful chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime supporter of Israel, will surely be missed. While this upset garnered headlines, moderates in races from coast to coast defeated an overwhelming majority of progressive insurgents. And that is a good thing for a nation that is eager to heal after years of fractious politics.

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it was the battle the Republican party chose not to fight. At every turn for my entire adult life, they have chosen hate over everything else. The majority of Americans are progressive . It' s a sign of how weak our democratic institutions that the will of the people is suppressed.

Despite the drubbing of progressive candidates, Slate magazine called Engel's loss "a cautionary tale" for Democrats nationally. The Jerusalem Post called it a "changing of the guard for Democrats." These estimations more than misread the political tea-leaves. They misrepresent reality.

As NBC points out, the vast majority of "Justice Democrats" who have run over the past two House cycles have lost. In 2018, Justice Democrats endorsed 65 non-incumbent candidates; only 24 survived their primaries and, in the end, just seven were elected to Congress.

The name "Justice Democrats" has proven to be an oxymoron. The group's strategy is "divide and conquer." They single out Jews and Israel for scorn, allowing an unacceptable level of anti-Semitic rhetoric in their ranks; they seek to topple capitalism in favor of socialism.

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Yes, a few progressives won high-profile races. And winning doesn't always come down to money or even the power of incumbency. As an insurgent candidate herself, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was dramatically outspent but still beat Rep. Joe Crowley, a powerful member of the House Democratic leadership. Engel held similar stature and fundraising advantages over his opponent and still lost.

When progressives win, they follow a familiar playbook: They find soft targets of opportunity, like reliable but longtime incumbents who don't have social media star power and seem out of touch. Progressives win when they appeal to the changing demographics of their district. They win when they have a scapegoat, which all too often is Israel. And when they do claim a scalp, they declare victory for their movement.

But with greater regularity, progressives lose. They lose because they are on the wrong side of their electorate; their views are repudiated. Calling for economic boycotts of Israel or failing to repudiate anti-Semitic remarks do not comprise a winning strategy in a nation in which Jews play a vital role in civic and economic life. They don't win in a nation that is desperate to heal from years of division.

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Nor should progressives declare victory in the presidential primaries. The darling of the Justice Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was defeated. He was hopelessly out of step with mainstream voters who comprise the majority of the electorate, and he had a fraught relationship with Jewish voters.

Instead, the winner was Joe Biden, who, as a senator and as vice president, went out of his way to bridge and heal America's divides, not contribute to them. The 2020 DNC platform, with regard to Israel, is further evidence of the strength of center-left candidates and the weakness of the appeal of progressive policies to mainstream voters. In its rejection of language that would "condition" aid to Israel and refer to Israel as an "occupier," the DNC has responded decisively to those on the radical fringe of the party.

The victory lap in this year's Democratic primaries goes to center-left candidates who stayed true to America's ideals and allies, including tolerance of Jews and support for Israel. Rumors of the demise of such candidates, as the saying goes, are greatly exaggerated.

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This weekend, Democratic Party leaders will convene in Atlanta to vote for the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a race between Tom But Ellison, a Minnesota congressman and Muslim who leads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has picked up growing support as many

They lost over 1,000 elections since 2009 because of Democratic establishment policy. Progressives are gaining seats across the country because of As soon as Americans realize that the Democratic Party has made no changes of substance since the Clinton debacle, they'll stay home in droves.

Jack Rosen is president of the American Jewish Congress, which advocates on behalf of American Jews and Israel through public policy, diplomatic and legislative actions.


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