To the editor:

All the right candidates — Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Beto O’Rourke, Martin O’Malley, Jeff Merkley, Jon Ossoff, Jim Webb, Jon Ossoff, Seth Moulton, Bernie Sanders — are beating Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as poll numbers go, up to and including Bernie Sanders. That’s because the progressive activist community and donors are angrier than ever with Ocasio-Cortez’s Party, afraid she will pour the party funds into the coffers of a Democratic primary opponent, or more, if she gets to keep her seat. A good lesson for her would be to chill out, until she gets further along, and smells the governing wagon.

Should she win in November, the party and government will be run on a more progressive line. Right now, the party’s left wing is getting a very populist sounding candidate and a bad steward in the White House. Yes, there will be a run on Hillarycare in the near future, and it will be do not resuscitate or ration healthcare or elect a wall to Ireland on the Pacific Coast. By the way, does it matter that Warren doesn’t seem ready for primetime yet, or that Gillibrand doesn’t have the ambition of being the first female president?

The dream is still alive, and so are the hopes of vulnerable Democrats, at least in 2020. For Sanders and Warren, to be very-politically-effective president, Bernie will have to support them, and the second tranche of progressives. If they happen to win in a landslide in November, Mr. Sanders will not be able to attend the inauguration and will not have any leverage with other Democrats after his term as a senator has ended.

I’m a “New Age” Republican who has a strong desire to see a more independent America in the way you’ve described. My biggest worry is about the future of the Democratic Party, with all the growing discord, and its reaction to an election that so many want. Do you think 2020 will be better than 2016?


Willmar, Minnesota