The election of Speaker Johnson as the new leader of the Democratic Party placed him in a politically precarious situation. In an effort to quash any dissent, Democratic leaders quickly sought to make an example of Johnson and secure their party’s majority. Since his election in 2020, Speaker Johnson has been a vocal proponent of progressive reforms and uncompromisingly leftist stances. He has also been known to take the extreme end of the political spectrum when discussing issues such as criminal justice reform and immigration. In reaction to his legislation-heavy approach to governing, Democratic leadership has looked for ways to downplay Johnson and make him a “boogeyman” of the left. In an effort to strengthen their control of the Democratic Party, high-ranking Democrats have attacked Speaker Johnson for his outspoken style. They have sought to paint Johnson as a dangerous, fringe leftist, claiming that his opinions are far outside what the Democratic Party stands for. This has created a narrative that Democrats are unified and on the same page, while Speaker Johnson has become a boogeyman to be dismissed and attacked by the Democratic establishment. All of this has been a strategic move designed to maintain a unified, “big tent” Democratic Party. By making Johnson a boogeyman, Democratic leaders can maintain control of the party and his more progressive policies can be marginalized and discarded. This approach could potentially backfire though, as Johnson’s popularity with the base continues to grow. The past year has seen a wave of progressive change in the Democratic Party, and Speaker Johnson has been in the vanguard. Whether or not the Democratic leadership’s attempts to make him a boogeyman will prove successful remains to be seen. It’s important for all Democratic voters to recognize the political games being played and make sure their voices are heard.