Ro Khanna Psychoanalyzes His Own Party

Rep. Ro Khanna
Rep. Ro Khanna. Photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images
Tara Palmeri
July 5, 2022

Ro Khanna, the “progressive capitalist” congressman representing the high-net-worth territory comprising southern Silicon Valley, is regarded as a meteoric element within the Democratic Party, equally at home working across the aisle as he is on the left’s left flank. He is also, of course, widely known in Washington as an adroit but outspoken, and occasionally blunt, political talent, ambitious but unconcerned about throwing jabs at Democratic leadership or schooling the White House. That’s why I called him. 

Late last week, Khanna offered me his candid opinion on a number of pressing topics: Joe Biden’s 2024 chances, whether Brett Kavanaugh could be impeached, who will succeed Nancy Pelosi, his own 2024 plans, Kamala Harris’s undercard status, and his assessment of Donald Trump versus Ron DeSantis. The following conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity. 

Tara Palmeri: You have some concrete ideas about how the administration can tackle inflation, some of which you recently articulated in a New York Times op-ed. Has the White House enacted any of them?