This weekend, the 447 members of the Democratic National Committee will meet in Atlanta to choose a leader for their party. The process is usually a run-of-the-mill procedural snoozefest, but this year is different. Members of the demoralized left will look to the new chair to save them from their post-2016 nightmare (and probably grab their pitchforks if the new honcho can’t pull it off).
So, you know, no pressure.
While sources differ on who the favorite is at the moment, the frontrunners are former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and current Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison. The two men have become proxies for the establishment and populist wings of the Democratic Party respectively, despite the fact that both candidates’ plans are pretty similar when it comes to the nuts and bolts.
So is this all a needlessly political drama? Maybe, but the tension is contagious. Get caught up in the fever with Trevor’s Ellison interview before your DNC election viewing party on Saturday.*
*There’s definitely no such thing as a DNC election viewing party.