Yes, you read that headline correctly, according to “The Hill,” and most observer’s I have spoken to, California’s Democrats are looking to turn farther and harder left.
For a quarter century, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) has built a career as an effective liberal legislator, the author of a federal assault weapons ban and a warrior for civil and gay rights who collaborated with Republicans on energy and health-care bills.
But to a generation of ambitious California Democrats intent on challenging President Trump at every turn, her record is no longer sufficiently liberal.
The attempt of the Reid Wilson authored piece is to parallel the California youth movement to Tea Party movements of a decade ago, but is also at pains to point out the uncompromising nature of this left turn.
“There’s a difference between progressive ideology and pragmatic leadership and sometimes people seem to be getting these confused,” said Gale Kaufman, a longtime Democratic strategist in Sacramento.
There is also a difference between the right turn, in reality a turn back towards the middle, represented by the Tea Party (even if it advocated at some times and in some expressions for extremist right views) and this left turn which is a turn further away from the middle. This left turn clearly appeals to the deep pockets of the Bay Area and LA’s West Side that fund the Democrat party in California, but at some point the rank-and-file that vote them in time-after-time are going to call enough.