California Democrats loudly lean left—but quietly make a safe choice

California’s Democratic convention delegates cheered presidential contenders who said there was no middle group on climate change, single-payer health care and other progressive goals, and jeered at two moderates who disagreed—booing one for saying “socialism is not the answer.” But as the party elected a new chairman and turned its attention to the 2020 election, they made what many considered a “safe choice.”