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 TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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-CortezGOP senator voices concern about Trump order, hasn't decided whether he'll back it Ocasio-Cortez in Bronx speech: New Yorkers deserve ‘dignified jobs’ Amazon exec invites Ocasio-Cortez to tour facilities after criticism 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 HarrisKamala Harris shopping trip stirs Twitter campaign trail debate Sanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 MORE (Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNC punts on measure to reduce role of corporate PAC money Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president 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