Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism increasingly looks to be winning over the Democratic Party, raising concerns among some Democrats about whether it could hurt the party in this year’s midterms, and the presidential race of 2020.
The biggest Democratic star of the summer is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who, like Sanders, is a Democratic Socialist.
Prospective Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential election are flocking to the Sanders “Medicare for all” bill, which would institute a single-payer healthcare system across the country.
And a new Gallup poll this week found that 57 percent of Democrats view socialism favorably, compared to 47 percent who view capitalism positively.
Two years after Sanders energized progressives during the 2016 Democratic primary, it all suggests the Democratic field in the upcoming primary will be pulled more and more to the left as candidates compete for a large slice of their party’s electorate.
“Bernie Sanders lost the war but won the battle to reshape the party,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist.
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Not sure if LD has got his schedule worked out yet. Due to the fact that me and the morning rooster are polar opposites I am publishing this now. I just could not let this pass. If anyone including LD publish an actual open thread I certainly will not be offended. What causes me to post this in the wee hours is that I didn’t want to add it to the ongoing thread where it might be missed. Methinks Andrew Cuomo is about to receive his just rewards.more in the comment section. … Continue reading →
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I am posting this for those who choose to participate in the action. I am not sure how much I will be around but at least there is a place for birdies to land. I will post a link for the results in the comment section. Vermont is the first state to post its results. Polls close at 7 p.m. ET. First results are expected at 7:23 p.m. ET. … Continue reading →
In the days and weeks after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shock Democratic primary victory over New York congressman Joe Crowley in June, pundits and assignment editors searching for The Next Big Thing — the next young, charismatic, progressive woman who could topple an older male veteran of Washington — zeroed in on Boston. It took almost no time for Ayanna Pressley to be proclaimed, over and over, “the next Ocasio-Cortez.” The shoe almost fits.
From afar, the parallels are obvious: Pressley, an energetic, progressive African-American city councilor who’s risen to fame among party activists for her impassioned speeches and her willingness to jump into an uphill race no one once thought she could win, is taking on ten-term congressman Mike Capuano in a district that’s so unassailably blue that the primary winner is essentially assured of a victory come November. (Capuano won the district, which was once represented by John F. Kennedy, by 72 points in 2016.) Shortly after Ocasio-Cortez’s victory, the two women started expressing support for each other, and now the Queens congresswoman-to-be is a frequent topic of discussion around Pressley. At a meet-and-greet with about a dozen Harvard Medical School biomedical students on Thursday, Pressley’s introducer invoked the New Yorker almost immediately. Pressley has leaned into a particularly politically potent divide on policy between her and Capuano — she wants to abolish ICE, he wants to reform it — and her argument against him is, in large part, that it’s time for generational change. “I am primarying a 20-year Democratic incumbent who has not only been serving for a generation, has not had a challenge in a generation,” she told the students gathered around her in a comfy common room. “He earned 23 percent of the vote 20 years ago, and has not gotten challenged for 20 years.”
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I’m going to try and make this somewhat succinct so it can be shared as a primer if needed since the establishment is trying to confuse everyone by forcing a binary view between Capitalism and Socialism. In reality they are the two sides of the same spectrum and except in the extreme cases are always blended to some degree, so by trying to pick one or the other, the Overton Window is being pushed to the two endpoints and ignoring the entire spectrum between. The reason this is being done is because we aren’t choosing between the two end points, … Continue reading →
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The primary day KS-03 was a strange one in politics, almost as strange as Arizona, Kentucky and Rhode Island were for Bernie Sanders in 2016. Birdies, you may remember that there were holdouts in KY primary, in which it showed Bernie in the lead. Then I remember following the Lexington journalists on twitter, and they too could not believe how the numbers changed in a county that had already reported its numbers of Bernie’s lead suddenly flipping to Clinton. In AZ and RI, there weren’t enough poll stations open for the long lines, and in AZ, Clinton was already declared … Continue reading →
Very excited that the St. Louis prosecutor was unseated: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/wesley-bell-ousts-longtime-st-louis-county-prosecuting-attorney/article_5b2134b8-f204-5e20-9572-e59cacbb0aed.html#1 Robert McCulloch’s 28-year run as St. Louis County’s elected prosecutor came to a stunning end Tuesday when he was upset by a Ferguson councilman who promised to reform the criminal justice system. Also, a popular victory for unions: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/missouri-voters-overturn-right-to-work-law-by-referendum_us_5b69b189e4b0b15abaa751fb Labor groups won a landmark victory Tuesday as Missourians voted by referendum to overturn the state’s new right-to-work law, an embarrassing rejection for the state’s Republican lawmakers. … Continue reading →
Hi Birdies–it’s a big primary night. Poll closing Times: OH-4:30 PT/6:30 CT/7:30ET Kansas, Missouri – 5pm PT/7pm CT/8pm ET Michigan – 6PT/9CT/9ET (polls are open the same amount of hours in the Central time zone, which is in the UPI) Washington – 8:00 PT/10pm CT/11ET Incumbents count on low turnout in midterm primaries. That's why we've been all #GetOutTheVote and #GOTV on social all weekend. Voters in MI, MO, KS, and WA need to know who the Justice Democrat in their district is. Share this to help spread the word. https://t.co/bx994hx3cb pic.twitter.com/OFxuO7T4RE — Justice Democrats (@justicedems) August 6, 2018 Most … Continue reading →
This is a great interview. In the comments … Continue reading →