Set Against Their Own

Democrats are showing themselves more willing than ever to bicker and squabble among themselves. It is a less than ideal PR strategy going into the 2020 elections — but the heavily contested primaries look set to make it worse.

January tends to be a frosty time for the District of Columbia, and yet the first days of 2019 felt warmer than usual. Republicans were certainly feeling the heat, scrambling to reorganise and hiding away mention of their serious defeats in the November midterms. Democrats didn’t seem to be faring much better — having put on a united, strong front for the 2018 campaign, their victory in the House had caused a return to the inter-party squabbling that was so common during the 2016 primaries and first two years of Trump’s administration.

From left to right, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and newly elected congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Joe Cunningham (SC-01). Cunningham was one of few Democrats to vote for someone other than Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.
Nancy Pelosi defiantly walks away from an unsuccessful meeting with the President, wearing a red coat in a now-famous image that catapulted her to becoming a love of the liberal internet. Image: Andrew Harnik/AP via. The Daily Beast
Jeremy Corbyn, pictured in his official portrait, has already seen off one attempt at ousting him from Labour’s top job. Could he face another?
Ilhan Omar, seen here in a photo by Lorie Shaull, became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018.
From left to right, 2020 Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.

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