“This party is a broad umbrella.” A phrase that has always been

baffling given that a party needs to have a more or less unified

focus on a whole range of policies and issues. Which leaves us with

the present mess of the Democratic “coalition” that consists of

genuine, radical progressives such as AOC and Rashida Tlaib on the

one hand, and then on the other, very much right hand, are the likes

of Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema.

Policy differences are one thing within a party. Complete ideological

differences based on cynical electoral concerns are another. Both

Manchin and Sinema claim to be Democrats. Yet both are

extraordinarily mindful of the conservative-leaning states they both

represent (West Virginia and Arizona respectively) and are seriously