Progressive Ideas Keep Winning. Progressive Candidates Keep Losing.

The progressive paradox.

Illustration by Peter Grabowski.

A few days ago, progressive activist-turned-politician Cori Bush upset a moderate 10-term incumbent in a Missouri Democratic primary. The improbable victory, coupled with Jamaal Bowman’s unseating of Eliot Engel, has led some in the media to ponder whether the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has…



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Peter Ramirez

political science researcher. former valedictorian. reader/writer. host of “Politics Mostly” podcast.