As long as the party continues to push candidates who favor big business, conservatives will make inroads in Democratic strongholds like Atlanta.
Kevin de León, the California Senate president, is taking on the U.S. senator in next year's Democratic primary. The reward is much greater than the risk.
Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate is a staunch defender of public schools and a skeptic of charter schools and standardized testing.
Obama has exited the stage, Clinton is touring her book, and Sanders is an independent again. The party's next leader is becoming clearer by the day.