THE HILL – AMIE PARNES
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) failure to win her party’s endorsement at California’s state convention is triggering new questions about whether the Democratic Party has become the Progressive Party amid grass-roots enthusiasm driven by opposition to President Trump.
Feinstein won a paltry 37 percent in the weekend vote, and was trounced by California Senate leader Kevin de León, who ran to the left of the veteran politician.
Some Democrats are arguing that California is a special case, and that Feinstein’s struggles reflect an increasing progressive shift in the Golden State that isn’t necessarily reflective of the larger party.
“I think the situation in California is very particular to that race itself rather than a nationwide trend,” said Democratic strategist Jon Selib, who served as chief of staff to then-Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.).