Just before February’s Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders and his backers felt unbeatable.
“I’ve got news for the Democratic establishment,” Sanders tweeted on Feb. 21, just in advance of going on a major win in the Nevada caucuses. “They can’t stop us.”
However, the “establishment” beat Sanders — and, it also ended the candidacies of many progressive candidates, putting the progressive movement in a terrible position and in sorrow, according to POLITICO.
Three highly-praised progressive House candidates — Illinois’ Robert Emmons, Texas’ Jessica Cisneros and Ohio’s Morgan Harper — were defeated in their primary campaigns opposite more moderate elected officials. Today, they’re on defense as Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is part of the four-member “squad,” is dealing with a challenging contender in Michigan. And Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who has turned late in his career into a progressive sweetheart with endorsements from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other left-wing organizations, is routinely outpaced in polls by primary challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.).