Yesterday was a good day for leftists
Just when you were ready to write off the progressive insurgency, yesterday happened.
The biggest headline victory was in Nebraska.
Bacon, who was unopposed in his own primary, spoke to reporters when he showed up to vote Tuesday morning. He described Eastman as genuine, but suggested her positions are too far to the left to be successful in November.
“I don’t think liberal works in this district,” Bacon said.
Eastman rejected the suggestion that her proposals, from Medicare for all to a minimum wage increase, are too “liberal.” Instead, she said, they are necessary, even pragmatic.
“People need health care,” she said. “They deserve health care. Income inequality is outrageous and we need to address it because there’s far too many people living in poverty and struggling.”
Republicans were cheering for Eastman because they think she'll be an easier target.
Why they think that beating someone who is "genuine" will be easier than beating someone who isn't genuine is beyond me.
It sounds like 11th dimensional chess to me.
Eastman wasn't the only shocker yesterday.
Pennsylvania is sending not one, but TWO socialists to the state house. Yes, actual socialists.
In the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, Democrats who are both members of the DSA, won primaries for state House Districts 34 and 21.
Lee and Innamorato defeated state Reps. Paul Costa and Dom Costa, both Democrats. They do not have Republican opponents in the general election.
That means they've already won the general election as well. Two other DSA-backed candidates also won.
In Philadelphia, Democrats Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale won legislative primaries for House Districts 184 and 168. Fielder does not have a GOP opponent in the general election, while Seale will take on Rep. Christopher Quinn.
It was a great night for female candidates in the Keystone State in general, as all four women unseated male state representatives. Pennsylvania has an all-male delegation to the U.S. Congress, but several women won primaries for the House on Tuesday night and will be favorites in November.
Pennsylvania's boy's club just got broken up.
The DSA has just jumped onto the establishment's radar.
“There’s a lot of fear in the establishment wing of the party, because this is a movement they cannot control,” says Jim Burn, a former chair of Allegheny County’s Democratic committee who went on to run the state party until resigning in 2015. “The fearmongers on the other side are taking a page from the Trump playbook and trying to bash them and label them, because they see their power slipping away.”
There was another primary in Pennsylvania worth noting if only because of the name.
In the Philadelphia suburbs, centrist Rachel Reddick — a 33-year-old Navy veteran endorsed by Emily’s List — lost the Democratic primary to take on Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) after “proud progressive” Scott Wallace ran ads attacking her for being a registered Republican until 2016. Wallace, 66, is the grandson of Henry Wallace, who was Franklin Roosevelt’s vice president for a term and then ran against Harry Truman, who FDR dumped him for, from the far left in 1948. In a victory speech to supporters in Bucks County last night, Wallace declared: “Together, we can make America sane again.”
I'm a big fan of Henry Wallace. As for Reddick, she wasn't just a former Republican, Reddick had made her conversion from the GOP a centerpiece of her campaign.
Another notable victory happened in deep-red Idaho.
In Idaho, state Rep. Paulette Jordan surprisingly cruised to the Democratic nomination for governor, 59 percent to 40 percent, over a more moderate, wealthier and better-known (he was the party’s nominee in 2014) rival. Jordan, who would become the first Native American governor in U.S. history if she pulls off the upset win, was endorsed by Democracy for America, Indivisible and Cher — three entities not usually known for their influence with Idaho voters.
Jordan built her campaign around protecting more public lands, promising to expand Medicaid, relax marijuana laws, reduce incarceration and limit corporate tax loopholes.
In Oregon incumbent Sen. Rod Monroe got crushed 62 percent to 25 percent by civil rights attorney Shemia Fagan. Monroe was heavily funded by the real estate industry.
I should also note that in North Carolina today, at least 29 North Carolina public school districts serving 865,000 students will close their doors as teachers walk out.
The progressive grassroots is not dead yet.