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2020 Democrats Are Making Life Miserable for Red-State Democrats in 2018

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are dragging the party further left while Democrats in Trump-won states are fighting for their political lives.

By NTK Staff | 01.18.2018 @1:00pm
2020 Democrats Are Making Life Miserable for Red-State Democrats in 2018

While the media prefer to focus on perceived fractures within the Republican Party, a very real schism on the Democrats’ side is on full display on Capitol Hill these days.

During a hearing this week, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) ripped into Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over controversial remarks made by President Trump in a closed-door meeting in which Nielsen was present.

Booker recalled, during the hearing, his “tears of rage” upon hearing about the meeting, and the New Jersey senator proceeded to lambast Nielsen for a “10-minute verbal thrashing.”

One day later, he admitted to CNN’s Jake Tapper that the entire interaction was a political stunt intended to put Booker in the national conversation of Democrats with White House ambitions.

“I’m glad they’re finally attacking me,” Booker said of Republicans Wednesday.

But one man’s day in the national spotlight is another’s hat-in-hand apology tour across his home state.

For one, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) actually criticized Democrats like Booker earlier this week for throwing vulnerable Democrats like her under the bus.

Booker and Harris are certainly not alone. They are joined by fellow White House aspirants Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

That group, all from deep-blue states and with little fear of facing competitive general election contests, is risking a government shutdown over immigration. That’s a fight many Democrats, like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), are trying to avoid.

“I want to keep the government open,” Manchin told the New York Times. “I’m just going to work and work and work to keep the government open.”

The problem for Democrats like Manchin and McCaskill is that it doesn’t seem like the rest of the party cares whether they win or lose in 2018, so long as they’re well positioned for 2020.

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