Our Revolution, the progressive activist group that evolved from Bernie Sanders’s 2016 Presidential campaign, missed a chance to back progressive Kara Eastman in her Nerbraska primary win last week against the Democratic Party establishment candidate Brad Ashford. That’s one sign of weakness that Politico cites to declare Bernie’s army “flailing” in “disarray”:
…[A]n extensive review of the Sanders-inspired group depicts an organization in disarray — operating primarily as a promotional vehicle for its leader and sometimes even snubbing candidates aligned with Sanders. Our Revolution has shown no ability to tip a major Democratic election in its favor — despite possessing Sanders’ email list, the envy of the Democratic Party — and can claim no major wins in 2018 as its own.
…“Our Revolution is going through growing pains,” acknowledged Jane Kleeb, the group’s treasurer, while arguing that progress is being made. “Creating a grass-roots organization is different from running a presidential campaign” [Edward-Isaac, Dovere, “Bernie’s Army in Disarray,” Politico, 2018.05.21].
Kleeb, who is also Nebraska’s Democratic chair and a leader in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, notes that there are some challenges to bringing Democrats together after their tough primary in Nebraska’s Second District. Sanders supporters also appear to face challenges to refocusing their 2016 energy into practical victories in 2018.