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ANALYSIS: Progressives Act Like Biden Needs Them. Polls Show That’s Just Not True

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Michael Ginsberg Congressional Reporter
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President Joe Biden has offered progressive Democrats a grab-bag of policy concessions on issues like infrastructure, race, welfare, and climate. In response, left-wingers like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have become bolder, refusing to support a bipartisan infrastructure package unless the Senate passes a $3.5 trillion bill that includes provisions that Republicans would not agree to.

But polling and the 2020 election results make clear that Biden’s victory came in spite of — not because of — the loudest left-wing voices in the Democratic Party.