Magazine November 30, 2020, Issue

Schumer and Pelosi Are Bourbon Democrats

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
They won’t be able to suppress their party’s social-justice Jacobins forever

You don’t want to be on Abigail Spanberger’s bad side. The Vir­ginia congresswoman, narrowly elected to a second term on November 3, was furious during an hours-long conference call with her fellow House Democrats. In a profanity-laced rant, she blamed the leftward tilt of her caucus for its surprising losses in the 2020 election. “We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again,” Spanberger told her flustered peers. “If we are classifying Tuesday as a success, . . . we will get f***ing torn apart in 2022.”

The Democrats who aren’t named “Joe Biden” or “Kamala Harris”

This article appears as “Bourbon Democrats” in the November 30, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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