To people in California, what happened over the weekend at the state Democratic Party convention in Sacramento was nothing more than the usual political theater.
RoseAnn DeMoro, as always full of fury at establishment Democrats, riled up members of her California Nurses Association and led them on yet another march, this time to the Sacramento Convention Center. There, they booed Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and many others deemed uncut from the progressive, Bernie Sanders mold.
“They are a party in absolute crisis and denial,” DeMoro insisted.
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No matter that, on Saturday, she eagerly defended Kimberly Ellis for denying that she had lost the race for party chairman to insider Eric Bauman. Ellis now wants a recount and is consulting attorneys.
“I will not concede this race until we have validated the results,” she told supporters Sunday.
Oh, the drama.
If Democrats hoped to bring anyone new into the fold of “the resistance,” they failed miserably. Intra-family squabbles aren’t private anymore. They’re shared on Twitter, and regurgitated by fringe media outlets that offer right-wing groups their own narrative.
To voters in Midwestern swing states, absolutely critical to winning back the White House, the leaders of this bluest of blue states appeared every bit as crazy, as bitter and as divided as Breitbart has been saying they are.
It’s not a good look.
Time and again, swing state voters have said they want politicians with an economic plan that’s relevant to their lives. Instead, what California Democrats offered at the convention was more chest-thumping about President Donald Trump and squabbling over the pipe dream of universal health care.
The dysfunction did little to establish the united front that’s needed to best Republicans in the 2018 or 2020 elections. And it did nothing to inspire wider confidence in the party.
The time for navel-gazing and infighting is over. (We’re looking at you, California Nurses Association.) The nation needs California to lead. And if Democrats can’t do it with a clear direction here, they won’t be able to do it anywhere.