I might be wrong, but this generalization of the Democratic Party is what I think modern progressives do. The the Democratic Party represents the aristocracy of the American bureaucracy. The bureaucracy is a monster and out of control.
The debate tonight will show one side that courts in the interest of government structure and its members than those who exist outside the system. It also represents the interests of other bureaucracies like labor unions. The unions, like government, are far too bloated and out of control. The union now represents the machine rather than the individual members dehumanizing its members labeling them the collective and representing the rights of the collective. Government now does the same. This practice of dehumanization shows where programs like the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will go, referencing the rights of the collective over the rights of the individual.
Like machines, bureaucracies take the path of least resistance and will do as little as possible. To mean this is the behavior of concrete, unchanging and heavy.