In the last week, a new candidate has been raised by the Democratic establishment, a candidate to which many on the left have already dismissed as yet another shill. With that, infighting among establishment and progressives has be renewed in earnest.
Though there is a great deal of legitimacy in the argument that Kamela Harris is not the level of progressive the Democratic party should be embracing, the reality is that those in the center and on the left are not seeing the forest for the trees here. That is, if we want to win in 2018, 2020, and beyond, the main purity test candidates must face is relatively simple.
Single payer healthcare.
While the Republican party continues to fumble with their long-promise repeal and replace plan to rid America of Obamacare, the time is right for progressives to commit fully to the Bernie-backed plan of single-payer, medicare for all. In order to effectively do this, though, they need the full-throated support of even the most establishment Democrat.