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The top two contenders face off against one another in the general election regardless of their party affiliation. This year, that will probably result in a general election that pits Ms Feinstein against Mr de León. Despite her lack of appeal among party activists, Ms Feinstein still seems likely to prevail over her pugnacious rival among voters.
It may be time for Senator Feinstein to retire on account of age. But that really isn't what this refusal to endorse is about. Rather it is about activist California Democrats deciding to emulate the kind of purity-test politics which has led the California Republican Party into irrelevance.
They may think that irrelevance means they can safely do so. But it seems more likely that the result they get (assuming that they succeed) is the Democratic Party here splitting in two: the purists and the moderates. With the moderates bringing in not only the bulk of Democratic voters (as opposed to Democratic activists), but lots of those who are currently independents and even a fair number of Republicans who don't care for the Republican purists who have control of the California GOP.
Rather it is about activist California Democrats deciding to emulate the kind of purity-test politics which has led the California Republican Party into irrelevance.
The same is occurring at the national level.
The Republicans only care about business and the wealthy, the Democrats only care about DACA people, gays, the poor, and minorities.
And pundits wonder why the middle-class is shrinking.