What are the balls and what are the strikes Jeff? Actually, it doesn't matter. There are independant and growing alternative funding sources that are helping to run progressives up and down ballots. Your arguing for the status quo. Fine. Or your observing and reporting I guess. My 35 years of observing the slow rightward drift of the Democratic Party has left me convinced of the statement that it no longer represents it's traditions but simply a sink hole for progressive energy or socialist ideas to disappear down for its donor class. If this past week is any indication, by sidelining progressive causes, the party will continue its tradition of punching left while pleasing its donor class. It's to be expected. I can't recall any progressive cause being accomplish from the party without pressure coming from outside. Someone else may be able to provide an example but I'm stumped. This current Democratic Party is so wedded to donor money I dont know if it's reachable anymore. In the end, and listening to the climate scientists that's happenning now and no longer an abstract thing, we observed party norms and rules as they crafted them.