In an effort to unite Democrats ahead of the 2020 presidential election, the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress is going to hold the Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., hoping it will energize the party like CPAC does for conservatives. According to Politico:
“’So much of our time right now is engaged, and rightfully so, in fighting Trump. On any given day, he issues one affront to progressive values after another,’ said CAP President Neera Tanden. ‘It’s obviously critical that we provide a positive alternative of how we’re going to address the country’s challenges.’”
Confirmed speakers include Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)—both mentioned as potential 2020 presidential candidates—Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Maybe President Trump’s policies are an affront to “progressive values,” as Tanden stated, but voters rejected those values in November and appear to be pleased overall with what Trump has managed to accomplish in less than 50 days in office. That doesn’t bode well for the Democrats in 2018 or 2020.
On the other hand, they are sure to get favorable coverage from the liberal media, which have shown a big anti-Trump bias in their reporting on the new administration.
The conference is scheduled to take place on May 16, at the St. Regis hotel in Washington, D.C.