“Nobody fits neatly and tightly into any one bucket,” said Georgia Democratic Chairwoman
That's an important shift from 2016, when
Still, the party's ideological splits haven't vanished. There are disagreements over how to achieve universal health care, make higher education affordable, overhaul law enforcement practices and reengage with countries that are questioning America's role in the world.
Leaders on the left warn that Biden must still keep their interests in mind, offering a reminder that even a November victory won't guarantee a united front during a Biden presidency.
“Progressives are going to vote against Trump,” said
Taylor nodded at Biden’s pick of
“If Biden and Harris want to energize progressives to donate and volunteer,” Taylor said, “they need to elevate leaders like
In fact, Ocasio-Cortez, the
Despite Biden's five decades at the core of the Democratic Party, he's not a natural fit for every faction in 2020.
As younger activists gain clout in shaping the party's priorities, Biden will be 78 on
To a large degree, Biden is comfortable with the challenges. From its start, his campaign has been as much a moral argument against Trump as about settling an absolute identity for his party. He's said plainly he wouldn’t have run if Trump weren’t president. Two of his three campaign themes are aimed squarely at the incumbent: “restore the soul of the nation” and “unite the country.”
On policy, Biden did take a side in
He’s pitched trillions in spending to combat the climate crisis but doesn’t fully embrace progressives “Green New Deal.” Biden wants a range of tax hikes on corporations and the wealthy, and since the pandemic has ratcheted up his rhetoric on the deep-seated inequalities in
A deal-maker from his 36 years in the
All that leaves Biden and the party wide latitude to solicit voters — but also to leave some disillusioned.
“We are a big party,” said Democratic National Chairman
When talking more broadly, Democratic leaders and activists interviewed ahead of the convention most often mentioned three qualities: the party’s diversity, support of workers and Biden’s reputation for empathy.
“The Democratic Party is a microcosm of
Williams, the Georgian who is also the Democratic nominee to succeed the late Rep. John Lewis, celebrated Harris’ nomination, regardless of any hand-wringing over the senator's record as a prosecutor or how she treated big banks as
Perez called Biden an ideal figure to tie disparate factions together with Trump as the opponent. “Joe Biden is a fundamentally honest and decent person,” he said.
Among many progressives who didn’t want him as nominee, those personal characteristics and the presumption they attract independents and
Democrats’ hopes to retake the
“When I look at the ticket, I see two experts on the