Progressive commentator: Democrats 'addicted to slapping a new face on old politics'

Progressive commentator Maximillian Alvarez criticized the Democratic Party, saying its establishment has a tendency to slap “a new face on old politics.”

“Ultimately, what it comes down to is that the Democratic establishment is addicted to slapping a new face on old politics,” Alvarez, a host of left-leaning podcast Working People, told Hill.TV on Friday.

Alvarez pointed to South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden 9-year-old asks Buttigieg how to be strong and tell people he is gay too MORE as a prime example.

“Apparently, they’ve learned nothing, except just to get a younger version of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE or Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE,” he said, referring to the Democratic Party.

Alvarez’s comments come as Buttigieg looks to challenge former Vice President Joe Biden for the support of his centrist base.

Buttigieg raised more than $19.1 million in donations in the third quarter of 2019, which marks the third-highest haul of any presidential contender. 

A day after the fourth Democratic debate, Buttigieg’s campaign said it raised more than $1 million in a 24-hour period.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor also appears to be on the rise in the polls.

The mayor has picked up 4.5 points in the past month in the RealClearPolitics polling index, and currently places fourth behind progressive heavyweight Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Buttigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden MORE (I-Vt.). But he still trails Biden by more than 20 points. 

Biden, meanwhile, appears to be struggling with donors, who have expressed frustration with the former vice president over his string of verbal gaffes and debate performances.

The former vice president had a disappointing third-quarter fundraising showing, raising just $15.2 million. 

Though Biden entered the race as the front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey MORE (D-Mass.) has emerged as a top challenger, as made clear during the Ohio debate where she was the target of attacks from rivals. 

—Tess Bonn