For evidence, look no further than Senator Bernie Sanders' main-season efforts, [de] de facto leader of the progressive insurgency, inspired by his 2016 presidential campaign.
Last week, Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic socialist who beat incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in New York's 14th congressional district, fought for a pair of progressive primary candidates in Kansas: James Thompson and Brent Welder. Both are running for a chance to turn off Republican incumbents. Ocasio-Cortez will be in Michigan this weekend to support Abdul El-Sayed, who was supported by Sanders on Wednesday, as he seeks a surprise in the country's democratic guardianship. The winner will be the Republican would-be successor to GOP Gov. Rick Snyder take over.
Earlier this month, Sanders stumbled alongside Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who is now vying for the Democratic nomination in the Attorney General's Office, on a trip that also led him to Wisconsin, where he appeared at events with the incumbent Democratic Sen Tammy Baldwin and Randy Bryce, Democratic Congressman. Afterwards: Pennsylvania, for a rally with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the Lieutenant Governor. Fetterman defeated the current Lieutenant Governor at his headquarters and is likely to replace him, blue for blue ̵
All candidates described here have at least some similarities. First, they share – to varying degrees – Sander's policies and support all or a combination of his political priorities. But just as important, and perhaps even more relevant, given the current balance of power in Washington, none of them pose a clear risk to the Democrats' hopes of regaining majorities in the House and / or Senate, or the growing power of political parties in the States.
Indeed, looking ahead to the 2018 Midterms congressional card may find one candidate who, when earning a primary deterrent, has endangered what the November Democrats considered a major pick-up option for the Democrats. Even so, Kara Eastman, Democratic candidate in Nebraska's 2nd district, is hardly the kind of lost ideologue tea party republicans saw in 2010 and 2012 to win seats in the Senate.
Of the red-Democrat Democrats for reelection in the Senate, only Joe Manchin of West Virginia has faced a remarkable progressive challenge – by Paula Jean Swearengin, who ultimately lost to incumbent in a May primary by about 40 percentage points.
It's a distinction that can be hard to grasp in the heat of a polling season, especially the first of the Trump era, but for all the screams, wild online bickering and increasingly competitive blue district and state primary contests, Democrats This year, for the most part, have a functioning, if increasingly ideological Diverse political coalition.
There is credit to go. The progressive Left, with Sanders as an example, has mostly avoided fights that could harm the unity of the party (and the prospects) in November. The democratic establishment has taken steps to achieve more grassroots politics. And where these tactics were not tried or taken, there is always the ghost of Trump.
The political left, in its broadest form, is indifferent in its disgust with it, its government and politics. While a Democratic socialist, such as Ocasio-Cortez, and a liberal moderate, such as her colleague and New York minority leader Chuck Schumer, would certainly differ in their analysis of how and why Trump came to power, their most immediate, immediate goal is the same applies to the election of Democrats to the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Diets and Governorships.
Of course, this age of good feelings comes with a fairly well-defined expiration date.
On November 7, or perhaps late the night before, Democrats will enter a less peaceful phase. With the Midterms, the factions within the party will begin to design immediate 2018 post-Morterms for what it means to 2020.
Presidential history following numbers to be hotter and tighter by a few million degrees. Only a decade of democratic politics, along with the potential – if anything goes wrong – of four more years with Trump in the White House.
But that's all for later. For now, the trenches are empty and instructions are clear. Democrats may enjoy it as long as they can.