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The Wall Street Journal editorial board has a very different view of a Biden presidency than many on the left😊


Michelle Obama provided the star power at Monday night’s opening of the Democratic Party convention, but the evening really belonged to Bernie Sanders. The Vermont socialist, so long a voice in the wilderness, was handed a prominent speaking slot to celebrate how much the party and Joe Biden have adopted his ideas for governing. He earned it.

Mr. Sanders failed a second time to win the nomination this year, foiled by the extraordinary turnout of older black voters in South Carolina for Mr. Biden. But in many ways the progressive war horse has won the more important fight for the party’s direction. In 2016 Mr. Sanders lost and Hillary Clinton saw no need to make concessions. This year Mr. Biden made the unprecedented decision to move left after winning the nomination and adopt much of the Vermont Senator’s platform.

This process and their product have received too little attention, as the media focus on Donald Trump and the pandemic. But Mr. Sanders, who isn’t easy to buy off, understands what happened.

“The people on those task forces worked very, very hard. And I’m not here to tell you, as a strong advocate for Medicare For All, that we got everything we wanted. We surely did not,” Mr. Sanders said on Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “But I think if people look at the outcome of those task forces, they’ll find the reality that if those task force proposals are implemented, you know what, Joe Biden will become the most progressive president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.”

He isn’t blowing Vermont hooch. The 110-page Biden-Sanders manifesto is the most radical policy document of either major party in our lifetimes. It leaps to the left of the Obama Administration on nearly every policy area, from education to taxes to climate change.

The political cliche every four years is that party platforms don’t matter, and usually that’s true. This time is different. More than any recent nominee of either party, Mr. Biden has no clearly defined agenda of his own. Can you think of a single idea or proposal that is distinctively his? He has absorbed what his party wants, and the Biden-Sanders manifesto reflects that.

A GOP Senate could block most of this, but a Democratic Senate would break the 60-vote filibuster rule for legislation and pass much of it. Bernie Sanders may not sit in the Oval Office next year, but Mr. Biden will be implementing Bernie’s dreams.


his corporate coterie have already erased it. if if I am wrong that this is more propaganda that the convention was meant to churn, i will either donate $10/mo. to tpw or write one decently researched ot or separate diary per month for 3 months.

Still glad to see the article, because it just shows what we’re up against. Biden progressive. Yay.


Mr. Biden will be implementing Bernie’s dreams. if you believe that I’ve gat a load of (see below) for you

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Downthread, Anand G says Bernie is throwing out an SOS. The DNC version of the SOS is Same old squash, whereas Bernie is worried about the perils of a fascist regime created by Trump & Pence.


One of the great political grafix of all times! ☮️🗽👍


Absolutely! 👏👏👏





John Kasich, the anti-labor, anti-choice former governor of Ohio who finished just a little better than last in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is convinced that he knows how the Democratic Party should acquit itself in the 2020 presidential campaign. The self-proclaimed “conservative Republican” is equally convinced that he has much more to say to Democrats than the rising star on the party’s left, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Unfortunately, a lot of Democrats who are in charge of plotting and planning for the future of the party, seem to share Kasich’s view. While the Republican was accorded plenty of time to speak on Monday evening—in a key slot on the first night of the party’s first virtual convention—AOC has been accorded one minute to address the nation on Tuesday.

That was fine by Kasich, a relentless self-promoter who used a long five minutes to anoint himself as the Democratic Party’s Republican whisperer. On a night when Americans tuned in to hear former first lady Michelle Obama and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders deliver powerful addresses about the need for structural responses to systemic injustices, Kasich endeavored to assure his conservative compatriots that Biden wouldn’t really implement the changes that are needed in a pandemic moment characterized by mass unemployment. “I’m sure there are Republicans and independents who couldn’t imagine crossing over to support a Democrat,” he chirped, in a gimmicky video that featured the former Fox News host standing at a (literal) crossroads. “They fear Joe may turn sharp left and leave them behind. I don’t believe that because I know the measure of the man.”

Kasich’s blurring of the message undermined the party’s appeal to disenchanted and disengaged voters, as did Kasich’s pre-convention positioning. Before the night kicked off, the Republican actually took a dig at AOC and the progressives—especially young progressives—whose ideals she raises up. “I think both parties have to have new ideas, and I think this country is moderate,” he claimed in an interview with BuzzFeed. “People on the extreme, whether they’re on the left or on the right, they get outsized publicity that tends to define their party. You know, I listen to people all the time make these statements, and because AOC gets outsized publicity doesn’t mean she represents the Democratic Party. She’s just a part, just some member of it.”

AOC responded, “Something tells me a Republican who fights against women’s rights doesn’t get to say who is or isn’t representative of the Dem party.”

The dismissal of Ocasio-Cortez, who has popularized the Green New Deal and who gave Sanders vital support at a key point in the fall of 2019, as “just some member” of the Democratic Party did not sit well with progressive delegates. “AOC is a role model for young women on how to stand up for oneself against bullies no matter how powerful they appear to be,” said Sanders delegate Zenaida Huerta, a Los Angeles County Democratic Party central committee member and leader of the convention’s Young Delegates Coalition. “AOC deserves a meaningful amount of time to address the young women she inspires. I look forward to nominating her for president someday.”

Progressives fear the party is making the same mistake that it always does in the great debate over whether to go for the elusive “swing votes” of disappointed Republicans or to seek to expand its base. That was what Democrats did in 2016 when they gave a major speaking slot to former Republican mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg, who delivered an uninspired address that seemed to be primarily about setting himself up for the uninspired presidential campaign he briefly ran in 2020. Bloomberg will reportedly get another speaking slot this year, and three more Republicans—former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, and 2010 California GOP gubernatorial nominee and former representative Susan Molinari of New York—joined the Monday lineup.

If past is prologue, AOC will do more with her minute than Kasich did with his time.

But Alan Minsky, the executive director of Progressive Democrats of America, has a point when he says, “By almost any discernible metric, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the rising star in the Democratic Party. Among young Americans, her popularity is truly astronomical. The Democrats need young people to vote this fall. The Party would be much better served by giving her 60 minutes as opposed to 60 seconds to speak at the DNC.”


The Democrats need young people to vote this fall. The Party would be much better served by giving her 60 minutes as opposed to 60 seconds to speak at the DNC.”




Joining the insurrection are over 300,000 dedicated postal workers who have steadfastly continued working through the pandemic, and who take seriously their motto, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Both their unions, American Postal Workers Union and National Association of Letter Carriers, have endorsed Joe Biden; they’ve also embarked on a “grand alliance” to stop Trump from trying to “sacrifice our public Postal Service at the altar of private profit…The U.S. mail is not for sale.” They argue Trump’s efforts to leverage the coronavirus crisis – from seeking to curtail collective bargaining to cutting jobs – are “a shot to the heart,” and they vow to fight them “every step of the way,” especially given the upcoming election. Blasting DeJoy as “Delay,” union leaders note that if they could deliver 1.3 billion Christmas cards last year, they can handle fewer than 130 million ballots – and they’re determined to. “You get those ballots in our hands, we’re going to deliver them,” says a local president in Chicago, where one worker has died of COVID and over 70 have tested positive, and returned to work. He adds, “There’s a message we want to deliver too” – that nobody’s going to steal this election, and they’ll do their damndest to help people exercise their right to vote. “This is what we do,” he says. “We deliver the mail.”

Talk about intersectionality: Similarly committed to that fight are hundreds of thousands of veterans, who are hired by USPS at three times the national rate, are supported through multiple postal union programs, just as fiercely oppose Trump’s efforts to slash jobs and benefits, and daily depend on the mail to get prescription drugs from the V.A. – though today, they charge, tens of thousands aren’t getting them on time “because Donald Trump declared war on the mail.” Veterans have joined the fray in multiple ways, from a vet in Orange County posting a photo of himself camped by his mailbox – “NOT TODAY, Captain Ouchie Foot” – as part of “veterans saving democracy one mailbox at a time,” to a blistering ad from the progressive veterans’ group Vote Vets. Starting with old photos of soldiers getting mail from their families back home, they warn, on the subject of Trump messing with that tradition, “We take this VERY personally, and so should you.” They describe Trump’s offenses – “Firing workers, disrupting deliveries, defunding operations” – as a clear “warm-up for the fall,” when he “plans to disrupt absentee ballots and vote-by-mail for millions of Americans in the middle of a pandemic he failed to control.” And they deliver a punchline that echoes the letter carriers: “Because Donald Trump knows if the mail delivers ballots to America’s veterans, we’ll deliver a message right back. You lose.”





Trump has failed to contain the coronavirus. And his anti-science, pro-pollution policies are speeding up the slide to climate catastrophe, worsening poor communities’ exposure to toxins, undermining food safety systems, and harming both workers and consumers.

Meanwhile, the Noise intensifies. Trump wants you to think about birther conspiracy theories vis-à-vis Kamala Harris. He wants you to follow him down the rabbit hole of Sinophobia and, more generally, xenophobia, with his repeated references to the “China Virus” and his claims that Biden is an open-borders extremist. He wants you to blame “Nancy and Chuck” for the fact that, in the face of a surging pandemic, most large school districts have had to cancel in-person classes this fall.

Don’t fall for these tired tricks. Trump, in his selfishness and malignancy, has broken this country and its key institutions; debased its political language, reducing Washington to an endless soap opera; and accelerated a slew of environmental and economic crises that will affect people not only in the United States but around the world for generations. Now, in the run-up to the election, he wants you to think about everything but his dismal record. He’s running the full gamut of authoritarian tricks to hold on to power, from manipulating scientific data to suit his political needs to eviscerating the Postal Service to make it harder for Americans to vote.

Stay laser-focused on these Signals. Trump is betting the American house on being able to so damage the political process and so break the systems that keep this complex country functioning that millions of people tune out in disgust and simply cease to participate, shrugging their shoulders and accepting their disempowerment. That’s his only path to reelection. There is nothing more urgent in these perilous times than preventing him from realizing this goal.