Column: The battle within the Democratic party

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From Washington, to Albany, to our five boroughs, there is an all out war among Democrats between their new relentless progressive movement and traditional mainstream.

There typically is a more liberal wing of the Democratic party, but today’s progressives or Democratic Socialists have made a sharp left turn to insanity.

Think about it, support for open borders in America, driver’s licenses and free health care for those here illegally, and no bail or jail time for those who commit crimes have become standard positions for some Democrats.

It is no longer just a wing of the party; it has elected people to office like local Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). Our state Senate was recently taken over by Democrats bolstered by many progressives who won primaries against more moderate members, and they promptly ended bail for criminals and allowed illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. And all the Democratic candidates for president recently raised their hands on their debate stage when asked if they support free health care for those here illegally with taxpayer money because it is their “right.”

Additionally, in Queens, Tiffany Caban is now within 16 votes of becoming the District Attorney where a manual recount and a court decision about affidavit ballots will decide the final outcome. The progressive upstart and AOC disciple promises to legalize prostitution and does not support any jails in Queens to help replace Rikers Island because she does not believe anyone should be locked up.

These extreme positions rile up a small but vocal and active base of support within the party for primaries and these winners sail to victory in the general election in most of New York City due to no real Republican opposition.

However, in swing districts in New York and around the country these progressive Democrats are too far left, and allow Republicans a better shot to win in the general election. And this is the cause of the battle within the party and why finally, more Democrats are speaking out against their progressive brethren.

Indeed, NYS Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs just let loose on Caban and her allies in the nasty recount battle in Queens between her and establishment candidate Melinda Katz. He said they were trying to “de-legitimatize the process.”

Even Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Frank Seddio expressed a similar sentiment blasting Caban saying, “We have a reason for why you have to be 35 to run for president and I think we should have the same thing for district attorney.”

These comments are not going to please the AOC — or “All Out Crazy” — crowd, and will just add fuel to the fire within the Democratic party. These folks, like the ones who led a rally outside of Democratic Rep. Max Rose’s Bay Ridge office a few weeks ago defending AOC’s remarks comparing border detention facilities to concentration camps and Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic vitriol, will help Republicans win in contested races.

In Rose’s case, he defeated Republican incumbent Dan Donovan in a Brooklyn/Staten Island swing district last year by portraying himself as a common sense moderate. Now, the Brooklyn radical left want him to join them. Rose has been silent and has not supported or condemned their defense of AOC and Omar. This is perhaps why some have speculated that Linda Sarsour, a local Palestinian progressive, could challenge Rose in a Democratic primary next year. Like in the Queens DA race and AOC’s primary win against Joe Crowley, this would be another war between the Democrat establishment and their far left.

It is unfortunate that there is little opposition by Republicans to whatever Democrat is on the general election ballot in most of New York City. For example, whoever is the ultimate winner between Caban and Katz was expected to face a token Republican opponent. The Queens GOP candidate, Daniel Kogan, said he has raised no money and does not intend on running a real campaign, while Queens GOP chairwoman JoAnn Ariola-Shanks stated they are all in with him. This is a testament to the Republican dysfunction in most of the city.

Now, there is talk of replacing Kogan with a Democrat on the Republican line. The split in the Democratic party has created real opportunities for Republicans and they need to seize it. But the GOP can’t build an effective opposition party by running members of the opposition.

Posted 12:00 am, July 13, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
There are real Democrats, and then there are the corporate tools who have been in office since that CalicoVision was new, and might as well just be Republicans sans the homophobia. I know which side I support.
July 13, 2019, 10:48 am
Joe from Dyker says:
Another great column Professor Capano
July 13, 2019, 10:50 am
BOB: I refuse to believe you really said this. Say it isn't so, Bob.
July 13, 2019, 1:35 pm
Rich from Marine Park says:
Bob, NY is a lost City. NYC has drastically changed for the worse. The populace has been turned over the past 10 years. The real estate boom the City has experienced coming out of the Great Recession has turned over just about every neighborhood in this City. The demographics and ethnicity of every community has experienced an upheaval. The displacement of of many citizens whom have lived in this City for decades and generations have been forced out based upon this real estate boom. The next recession will bring about severe pain in the real estate market as prices plummet and jobs are lost, taxes and cost of living continue to rise. The City and State of New York are technically bankrupt. It will be impossible for the State and City to meet the long term debt obligations to the current past municipal and state employees. The funding for the operation of the City and State will be severely affected. Oh the pain that will be experienced will not be pretty, 1970's re-do. The 70's to the early 90's was not pretty and those days will return.
July 13, 2019, 2 pm
John Q from Bay ridge says:
Spot on Professor!
July 13, 2019, 4:01 pm
Matt from Bed Stuy says:
Thank you, great insight. Anybody who votes Democrat after seeing what they have become is complicit in accelerating the demise of this great country. Trump is an amazing President and it is disgusting what the media and Hollywood have done to try to destroy him. Hard to believe how many brainwashed losers still believe all the Leftist lies. People are so obsessed with trying to be ‘PC’ that they are willing to create the third world right here in America. It’s sickening. All these so called ‘liberals’ and hipsters could have seized on the opportunity of a lifetime to have a non-politician destroy the globalist scum but instead the globalists have used their power to persuade the brainwashed sheep to stick with them. Republicans are the new progressives. The tide is turning, people are waking up (except for the Henry Ford lunatic)
July 13, 2019, 6:31 pm
Matt from Bed Stuy says:
So folks, here you see Henry Ford is what the Left has become. Nasty, vile people. Keep it up Henry, you’re only embarrassing yourself and your supreme socialist masters
July 13, 2019, 8:11 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Isn't it past your bedtime Matt? shouldn't you have finished your craft brew and dozed off by now?
July 13, 2019, 9:02 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
The county-wide Democrat candidate for Surrogate in Kings County backed by the county organization received a majority of the vote total in a three-way race. That total turnout was about the same as in Queens county. There the presumptive winner got only a plurality(Katz or Caban) not a majority and certainly not a mandate. Of course the Brooklyn candidate actually was qualified and made it easy. It appears the Queens Democratic organization has been failing for some years. First a Republican named Haggerty beat the Democrat, an Asian, for the City Council in 2013. He later went to jail. Then Bob Holden beat Joe Crowley's cousin, Elizabeth, on the Republican line in 2017. There warning was there. Then Joe Crowley gets beat. Joe Crowley, a sitting Congressman and the county leader and living in Virginia resigns the leadership and another sitting Congressman, Lester Meeks, takes over and the collapse continues. When will they divide up the jobs and allow someone local to run the party operation. No, the patronage must not be shared! Keep it in the family and cronies. The recipe for failure.
July 17, 2019, 11:57 am
missioncontrol from Brooklyn says:
BTW: Linda Sarsour ran for her local County Committee seat in the Democratic Primary election in 2016. She lost. I think too many Democrats recognized her name. Not a good start.
July 17, 2019, 12:01 pm
Anthony Dell'Isola from Bay Ridge says:
What the Progressive Democrats are proposing will bankrupt the country. But who will the Republicans run, I haven't heard from the Conservative Party either.
July 19, 2019, 3:26 pm

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