A strategy for progressive and left activists in this election cycle that accents upping the programmatic ante at every turn, turns the building of the “power of the left” into the foremost consideration, and insists on litmus tests to determine whether to support one on another Democratic Party candidates is strategically misguided.

The imperative at this moment, if we hope to defeat Trump and his gang of wreckers next fall, lies in the further building of an expansive unity of the broad democratic movement and Democratic Party. No one grouping on its own can defeat Trump and his acolytes in the Republican Party. If we have learned anything from last night’s elections, it is that a big and an open ended tent is necessary.