No one is California dreamin’ in the Democratic party right now.
Instead, the California Democratic moderate and liberal wings are turning on one another in their frustration over failed bills and Donald Trump.
The radicals blame moderates side for their failures.
According to Politico:
Stoked by a contested race for state Democratic Party chair and the failure of a single-payer health care bill, activists are staging protests at the capitol. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon reported receiving death threats after shelving the health care legislation late last month, and security was tightened at the statehouse after activists disrupted a floor session last week.
…Establishment Democrats fear the rhetoric and appetite for new spending could go too far, jeopardizing the party’s across-the-board dominance of state politics.
All of it has taken on new significance as California embraces its role as the focal point of the anti-Trump resistance.
Progressive assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer has urged the party that they should not be “fighting one another” and “tear the party apart”–reminding Democrats they are on the same team.
Progressive Californian legislators have hailed themselves as “a fortress of the opposition” to Trump’s presidency.
They’ve attempted to pass high-profile legislation “to deny the new president on climate change and immigration.”
Though they have been successful on some accounts, “liberal activists have fallen short in other areas, unsettling progressives across the country who view California as a state in which they should be racking up wins.”
We can see from this Civil War emerging within the Californian Democratic Party that Leftists are not a monolith.
The Executive Director of the Progressive Democrats of America Donna Smith stated, “It’s more than a disappointment, watching how it plays out there in California. For Democrats, for progressives, [health care] really encompasses everything that’s going on in the country at the moment. And California…is so critical, and California is this incubator of what happens in Democratic politics.”
If what Donna Smith stated is true, the GOP will have absolutely nothing to worry about come midterm elections. At least, if they don’t royally screw things up before then.