Howdy! Just a quick story, on yet another possible progressive win coming up.
Just hours before I spent a half-day tagging along with Harris and her guerrilla-style, low-budget campaign, the once little-known black mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, shocked the political experts by winning the Democratic nod for governor on Florida on an unabashedly liberal platform that would including Medicare-for-All and abolishing ICE (federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement). That echoed June’s shocking congressional primary win for New York’s 28-year-old democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — who saw some of her victorious staffers then head down I-95, hoping to pull off another stunner with Delaware’s Harris.
In a big state like Pennsylvania, politics may have become an air battle of TV-ad carpet bombing from 30,000 feet, but elections in Delaware are still a form of urban warfare, waged from house-to-house in close quarters. That makes it the kind of place where an unconventional candidate like Harris — who, in telling a group of voters about her Air Force experiences as an Iraq War veteran, calls herself “a whole lot of otherness” — can meet and greet enough voters to have a serious shot at ousting a three-term incumbent like the 71-year-old Carper, a Delaware institution
In the insular, almost inbred world of Delaware politics, “otherness” only begins to describe the challenge that Harris — a progressive with Bernie Sanders-style positions on issues such as Medicare-for-all and ending student debt — poses to the moldy status quo.
If she can upset Carper in next Thursday’s primary and then win in November against underwhelming GOP opposition, the 38-year-old Harris would be the First State’s first woman, first black, and first openly LGBTQ U.S. senator. More importantly, a Harris victory would take a proverbial sledgehammer to the decades-old Delaware Way — the weird form of gentlemanly (and, yes, they’re almost all gentlemen) consensus that is socially liberal but aggressively pro-business and pro-bank and often pro-polluter policies, as defined by career pols like Carper and former vice president Joe Biden and the occasional benevolent billionaire like former governor Pierre “Pete” Du Pont.
More at the link. I’ll be out a lot, but here’s a place to sip your morning beverage.