Democrats Scramble to Avoid California Disaster

Democrats are learning the unintended consequences of progressivism in California. The state, which once looked like a political gold mine, is becoming a massive political headache two weeks before its congressional primaries.

California has become ground zero of the anti-Trump resistance movement, but the unharnessed liberal energy has become an unexpected problem in the party’s battle to win back a House majority. Democrats are contesting 10 GOP-held House seats there—nearly half of the number they need to win for Nancy Pelosi to become speaker again—but in several of those races, so many candidates are running that the party risks getting shut out of the general election.