Perry Bacon over at FiveThirtyEight identified the “six wings of the Democratic Party” — here’s an excerpt of each category with examples; more commentary about the categories at the link:
The Super Progressives
Very liberal on economic and identity/cultural issues, anti-establishment. (Anti-establishment is a very fuzzy term, but in this piece, what I’m referring to is people who see part of their role as not just attacking Republicans, but also highlighting what they see as shortcomings of the Democratic Party itself.)
Prominent examples: Ocasio-Cortez , Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
The Very Progressives
Very liberal on economic issues, fairly liberal on identity issues, skeptical of the Democratic establishment.
Prominent examples: Bill de Blasio, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren.
The Progressive New Guard
Liberal on both economic and identity issues but also somewhat concerned about the “electability” of candidates and the appeal of ideas to the political center; generally rose to prominence after Barack Obama was elected president.
Prominent examples: Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Beto O’Rourke.
The Progressive Old Guard
Solidly center-left on both economic and identity issues, but very concerned about the “electability” of candidates and the appeal of ideas to the political center; generally rose to prominence before Obama was elected president.
Prominent examples: Joe Biden, Cuomo, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer.
More conservative and business-friendly than other Democrats on economic policies; somewhat liberal on cultural issues; anti-establishment.
Prominent examples: Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia.
Skeptical of liberal views on both economic and cultural issues, often supportive of abortion limits, generally from conservative-leaning areas.
Prominent examples: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
Huh. Not sure how much water that classification system holds. For example, Spanberger and Lamb are obviously “very concerned about the ‘electability’ of candidates and the appeal of ideas to the political center.” (I think Bacon realized that too, which is why he inserted “generally rose to prominence before Obama was elected president” to distinguish one class from another.)
Anyhoo, maybe it’s interesting in a Buzzfeedy “Tell us which Buffalo Wild Wings signature sauce you prefer, and we’ll reveal which member of Maroon 5 is your soulmate!” kinda way.