The people in charge of the Democratic Party have been in charge as the party has utterly collapsed. They don’t see the party as a vehicle for progressive change because if that were the case, they’d have to not only stop taking bribes from their big money donors, they’d have to actually take them on. The Democratic Party is their means of getting nice articles in dinosaur papers, nice gigs at propaganda mills that some call think tanks, their means of getting on TV and getting nice speaking fees. Handing the party over to others takes away their piggy bank, and they clearly don’t care that their party has collapsed, is getting killed by a minority party with deeply unpopular ideas or that their party is now as unpopular as Trump is nationally, or that voters have said that they feel that the party doesn’t understand them. They want to keep everything in place, because that means their position in the power structure remains, and if everything falls to hell, oh well. They’ll profit all they can along the way.
I find it comical though that people like Neera Tanden think they are part of the damn “resistance”, whatever the hell that is with people like her running to the front of the parade. She and people like her are also being resisted, and they are also obstacles to progressive change, just different obstacles than the right wing. There’s a reason why they don’t get behind the most popular politician in the country and why they don’t back popular policies. If they did that, bye bye to the donors they voted to accept money from on the day they tapped Perez to lead the party. At what point does the left just abandon that party, realizing that it is not at all a vehicle of progressive change and possibly cannot be reformed? Cause voting for them simply because they aren’t as bad as a rotten and unpopular minority party long ago stopped making any sense to people outside their small bubble.