The 2020 presidential candidacy race is in full (absurdly early) swing, and there is a clear and obvious internal battle currently raging for the soul of the Democratic Party. One faction is attempting to pull the party in a more populist, social-democratic direction, while another favors maintaining a neoliberal, pro-business course.

We all know the most prominent members of the first group: The likes of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and freshmen representatives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley are constantly referred to (accurately) as representing the left of the party (e.g., New York Post7/9/19New York Times4/10/19New Yorker6/18/19), but also as a cabal of “extremist” (Atlantic4/3/19The Hill6/17/19), “far-left” revolutionaries (CNN7/7/19CNBC7/5/19)  who have “contempt” for Americans (Fox News7/11/19). Given the broad overlap of their political positions with those of the public at large (FAIR.org1/23/19), those labels, popular as they are in the media, are pretty dubious.

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