Out of Crisis Comes Opportunity: Progressives Must Seize this Moment
With 23 Democratic House incumbents retiring, 2022 can be the year the Party truly turns Progressive
It’s been a rough few days. First, Senator Joe Manchin announced on Fox News that he was voting “no” on President Biden’s signature Build Back Better legislation. Then, even more Democratic House incumbents announced they were retiring rather than seek re-election—a move widely interpreted as a sign that Democrats are resigned to losing control of the House in the 2022 midterms.
We, at PDA, see things differently. We see opportunity.
First of all, Senator Manchin’s action throws into sharp relief the difference between the centrist and progressive wings of the Democratic Party. We know that the American people and the tide of history are on our side.
As such, the Democrats’ only path to victory in 2022 lies with the Party clearly branding itself as a progressive Party.
So, second, the retiring of largely moderate/centrist Democrats creates an unprecedented opportunity for the Party to redefine itself in the course of the primary season as a truly progressive Party.
This will require the victory of a new generation of progressive Democrats, and in the coming months PDA will be introducing you to the top progressive candidates in all of the House and Senate races across the country.
Stay tuned! Contrary to what you’re hearing from the doomsayers, 2022 just may be a great year for progressives, for the people, and for the planet.