Election analyst says Dems will fall in line with any 2020 nominee the party elects

Election analyst Henry Olsen predicted Friday that the Democratic Party's progressive wing ultimately will fall in line with any Democratic presidential nominee voters elect because of their disdain for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE

"When push comes to shove, the Democratic base hates Trump so much that I think even many progressives would swallow disagreement if they lose that internal debate in order to get rid of the devil that they hate," Olsen, a columnist at The Washington Post, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"You've got different candidates who are throwing in with different styles, different policy mixes," he continued. 

"I think you've had at least five of the contenders in the Senate who have co-sponsored the Senate version of the Green New Deal," he said, referencing the climate resolution unveiled by progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez endorses challenger to Democrat Lipinski in Illinois race The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? The Memo: Times correction gives GOP lifeline in latest Kavanaugh controversy MORE (D-N.Y.) this week. "Then you've got Democrats who haven't signed on to that."

Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats MORE (Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations MORE (Mass.), have embraced progressive ideas such as the Green New Deal or "Medicare for all." 

Still, other Democrats and observers have said the party should not concern itself with appealing to progressive voters as much as appealing to blue-collar voters who flipped for Trump in 2016. 

— Julia Manchester