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California Senate Race Illustrates Showdown With Dems, Tea Party

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 12:01 PM

The Democratic challenger in California to long-time Sen. Dianne Feinstein offers a glimpse of a new generation appealing to a party base that is as energized by the anti-Trump resistance as tea party voters were by opposition to President Barack Obama, The Hill reported on Tuesday.

Feinstein has been an effective legislator fighting for liberal causes in her quarter century in the Senate.

In fact, state Senate leader Kevin de León, who announced on Sunday that he's challenging her in 2018, does not have very different policies than Feinstein on most issues.

Instead, as The Washington Post reports, he seeks to distinguish himself most from Feinstein in his anti-Trump credentials, stating in an email to supporters announcing his candidacy that "We now stand at the front lines of a historic struggle for the very soul of America, against a president without one."

This contrasts with Feinstein's suggestion that Trump be given a chance to govern and her attempt to reach a deal with the president on "dreamers" to prevent the young undocumented immigrants from being deported, both of which were criticized by other Democrats.

"The last generation of Democratic leaders was liberal but practical," Claremont McKenna College political scientist John Pitney told the Hill. "The next generation is under pressure to be more dogmatic. The Democratic left shuns any accommodation with Republicans."

As Feinstein and other long-time Democratic leaders in the state, Gov. Jerry Brown and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, near the end of their careers, a younger generation in the party is portraying itself as much more aggressive, which has some Democratic activists worried that it will result in the same kind of obstruction and dysfunction caused by tea party Republicans.

"There's a difference between progressive ideology and pragmatic leadership and sometimes people seem to be getting these confused," said longtime Democratic strategist Gale Kaufman.

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The Democratic challenger in California to long-time Sen. Dianne Feinstein offers a glimpse of a new generation appealing to a party base that is as energized by the anti-Trump resistance as tea party voters were by opposition to President Barack Obama, The Hill reported on...
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