The Washington Post has the article The populists capture the Democratic Party.
A quartet of senators and a dozen members of the House took the stage in a park across from the Capitol midday Wednesday to join hundreds of steelworkers, union faithful and environmentalists in denouncing President Obama’s bid for fast-track approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
But Obama hasn’t really split the Democrats. They are almost unanimously opposed to him on trade. The upcoming battle over fast-tracking and the Trans-Pacific Partnership shows how dramatically the center of gravity in the Democratic Party has shifted.
To those in the Democratic Party who complain against my outspoken posts against Democratic policies and politicians who I think are wrong, I would like them to consider what activists in the party are accomplishing. When the complainers ask what I expect to accomplish, I can now point to this.
No we aren’t going to turn the party around in an instant. If we can shift “dramatically the center of gravity in the Democratic Party” already, we have accomplished a lot. We need to keep putting on the pressure. If you want to follow the party leaders like sheep to maintain “unity”, then you can do so. I’d prefer to get out in front rather than follow behind.