Jake Johnson has a terrific new article up at CD,
Jake refutes the idea that Bernie caused the fracturing of the Democratic Party:
“By running a principled campaign that has articulated goals and agendas to which Democrats often pay fealty…Sanders has laid bare the ideological vapidity of the Democratic establishment. …
The Democratic Party is now, in short, doing out in the open what it has done behind the scenes for years: Shedding principled positions in favor of so-called pragmatic alternatives. …”
Citing Barney Frank’s 180-degree on whether huge wads of cash influence those that receive it, Johson continues:
“Democrats have abandoned democracy because it’s inconvenient; self-styled progressives have abandoned progress because it’s impractical.
The result is a party of doom and gloom, one that dismisses as fantastical proposals that once occupied the center of the Democratic program. …”
Johnson closes with a link to Matt Taibbi’s recent excellent article on the Dem’s sorry state:
“If the party threw its weight behind a truly populist platform,” Taibbi argues, “if it stood behind unions and prosecuted Wall Street criminals and stopped taking giant gobs of cash from every crooked transnational bank and job-exporting manufacturer in the world, they would win every election season in a landslide.
Instead, they have chosen the path of comfort and opulence— the path that flows nicely through corporate boardrooms and luxury galas and around the suffering of the millions the party has so flippantly abandoned.”