And so now the Democratic Party is faced with a serious existential challenge. To be a true alternative to the Republican Party or to be Republican Light. And no, it is not the public that has some consensus both parties must placate – the overwhelming majority of Americans oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare. This is an elite agenda not a public one. If the progressives prevail the Corporate Democrats will find their home in the private sector, just a little early. If the Neoliberal/SPEC faction wins it will be the beginning of the end for the safety net as America lurches towards further social and political disintegration.