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Report: Liberal Activists Are Driving the Democratic Party Further Left

The extreme left is as close as it’s ever been to running the Democratic Party. The question is, what will they do with their new power?

By NTK Staff | 05.03.2019 @1:35pm
Report: Liberal Activists Are Driving the Democratic Party Further Left

The Democratic Party’s far-left grassroots was none too pleased with how the 2016 primary unfolded. Many believed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) rigged the primary in order to benefit Hillary Clinton’s candidacy at the expense of Bernie Sanders.

As a result, donations to the DNC plummeted, as did the grassroots’ faith in the national organization.

So, in response to these grievances, the DNC is yielding to its squeaky wheel minority. In order to appear on the stage for a DNC sponsored presidential debate, candidates must receive donations from at least 65,000 donors. The party’s Progressive Caucus is insisting that questions come from “regular people” rather than moderators. And superdelegates, the once vaunted party leaders, have been reduced to bit players in the formal nomination process.

Pressure from the party’s activist base increased after the 2016 election. So the nominating process was altered “to enhance the role of the grassroots” and to avoid anything happening “in the opposite direction,” said Jeff Berman, Barack Obama’s delegate director in 2008 and a member of the Unity Reform Commission which helped with these rules changes.

The result? A chaotic primary that will feature as many as 20 candidates on the debate stage next month.

“They came up with what seems to be reasonable thresholds to reach [for the debates], but it turns out it’s too easy to reach them,” one observer told Axios.

And as the DNC gives up more and more of its power, the question remains: what will the far-left liberal grassroots do with their newfound voice?

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