While political journalists love to identify all of the different ways “Democrats are in disarray,” even when Democrats are fundamentally united, there is a big divide between Democrats that is going largely unnoticed. Call it chill vs. panic, or “Mueller and Pelosi have this” versus “people must get back into the streets.”
In short, the leadership of the Democratic Party is trying to to return to how politics is done under normal conditions. Others see nothing normal at all.
I’m in that camp. And I unapologetically advocate that Democrats should panic. Democrats are not in the streets like they were in the early days of Trump—and I am worried about it. There were a series of worrisome special election results in February 2019 for Democrats, which seem to be the inverse of those from early 2017 which presaged the Democrats’ ultimate gains in the 2018 cycle.