Perry Bacon Jr.: Charles Booker, Jamaal Bowman And The 7 Competing Camps In Black Politics
He breaks them up into older/younger, establishment/anti-establishment, plus Obamaites (generally younger and somewhere in-between pro- and anti-establishment) and two groups of Republicans (pro- and anti-Trump).
I think it's an interesting breakdown. There's definitely a generational divide between older and younger black leaders, much as there is for the rest of the party.
I also think it's similar to what I've been saying recently: the party itself is shifting to the left but the leadership is hanging on tightly, refusing to let go, and pushing candidates like Biden hard
I do think the recent Kentucky primary is an interesting example, though; I wouldn't have expected a progressive candidate to have done as well as Charles Booker did there (even if he did end up losing). I'm sure part of that is down to the moment we're having right now and maybe it's too much to assume it says anything more general about Kentucky or the South as a whole. But it still demonstrates that, given the right conditions, a candidate can almost
win a Democratic primary in the Deep South while running on the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.
Conventional wisdom holds that McGrath is a stronger candidate against McConnell than Booker would have been; of course there's no way of empirically proving that, but I'm certainly rooting against McConnell. I can't speak to Kentucky, but here in Arizona I voted against Sinema in the primary and for her in the general, and I expect I'll be doing both those things every six years for a long time to come.