For John, BLUF: 2016 will be exciting. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The National Journal and Reporter Josh Krushaar we have "Democrats’ Identity Crisis Is Spilling Into Their Senate Races". The thrust of the article is that:
Democrats have been remarkably successful at avoiding contentious primaries, but the ones taking place in 2016 will be consequential.This is why Senator E Warren and her own version of the Pitch Fork Brigade is so important. And, perhaps, confusing. I say that because I am not convinced she is a wild eyed Progressive.
In the mean time, here is the thrust of the article:
On the surface, the Democratic Party looks remarkably unified heading into the 2016 presidential election, with Hillary Clinton scaring off any internal competition and Democrats rallying behind recruits in key Senate races. But there are divisions percolating within the party—ruptures that could grow more significant if setbacks occur on the road to a Clinton coronation.I would think the appeal of a Ms Hillary Clinton campaign would be that she could make the trains run on time, with just a hint of vixon Progressivism. Senator E Warren, on the other hand, will be seen as someone who will go in and flog and fire the folks scheduling the trains and return service to the People, making things fair[er] for the little guy.
Congressional races often serve as a leading indicator of what the future holds at the top of the ticket. And already, there are several primaries that would pit the Democratic Party's pragmatic liberal wing against the true-blue progressives. Democrats may not end up with significantly more contested primaries than in the past, but the ideological stakes will be higher. The battles are shaping up to be over core issues splitting the party: entitlements, support for Israel, national security, and others. The intraparty divisions that President Obama has suppressed and Hillary Clinton has avoided will be litigated down the ballot, and the stakes won't be for control of the Senate, but for control of the party's future.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff