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Washington Post, March 1, 2019: House Democrats explode in recriminations as liberals lash out at moderates
"House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans “on a list” for a primary challenge."
The charges were made in a closed-door session with Speaker Pelosi, who asked the two dozen or so moderates in the party to get on board with the policies of the party:
“We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi said, according to two people present but not authorized to discuss the remarks publicly.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez went further, "admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election."
The moderates in the party largely come from purple, or in some cases red states, and the positions they take on certain issues are reflective of the moderate views of their constituents and do not always align with the far left progressive wing of the party. They are being put between a rock and a hard place. Follow the party line led by Nancy Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez or expect to be primaried in the next election. However, if they "get on board with the progressives" against their constituents' wishes, they risk not being re-elected either.
This could be a lose-lose for Democrats if the current representatives lose in a primary, but the new progressive candidates then lose to Republicans in the general election for being too far left. It would seem to me that the Democrats are taking a page from the Tea Party playbook and are purging the party of moderates.
Is this healthy for our democracy?