The Hill: Democrats need to be ‘big tent’ party
April 21, 2017
The Hill writes,
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Friday said Democrats need to be a “big tent” party amid clashes over whether candidates are sufficiently progressive enough to be backed by the national party.
“I think we have to have a big tent,” Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Oversight panel and a frequent television presence for the party, said in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Because it’s one thing to say, ‘OK, I don’t want to be bothered with these folks.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘Let’s pull them under the tent, so we can be effective and efficient in getting something done.’ Period.”
Cummings also talked about how conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats helped the party win legislative victories in the Obama years.