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July 14, 2016

Who does the Democratic Party really represent these days?

Mike the Mad Biologist

Admittedly, that’s a ‘dog bites man’ headline, but this juxtaposition is pretty amazing, even by the witless standards of your typical Democratic political operative (boldface mine):

Politico reports that Bernie Sanders was booed by House Democrats in a private meeting today on Capitol Hill. Apparently they were irked with Sanders for withholding his endorsement of Clinton, and reacted badly after he said this: “The goal isn’t to win elections. The goal is to transform America.” One Dem even accused Sanders of “squandering” his movement.

But if Sanders is squandering his movement, it is odd that he continues to rack up meaningful victories in the battle to transform the Democratic agenda, if not the country.

Today Hillary Clinton announced that she was moving dramatically in the direction of one of the most important pillars of Bernie’s agenda. She substantially expanded her proposal for improving access to a college education…

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  1. It’s pretty clear that the Democratic Party establishment now represents its wealthy, neoliberal, and technocratic donors. It arrived at this unfortunate point because:

    1) The populist (and powerful) Democratic Party coalition built by FDR suffered an historic split in 1968 over the Vietnam War and Civil Rights. The “solid South” and many blue-collars workers turned towards the GOP, while many young people became disillusioned with politics and disengaged from civic participation.

    2) The ensuing electoral disasters of the 1980s convinced the Democratic leadership to abandon populism and instead seek political power through auspices of big money. Bill Clinton led this charge.

    3) As the Democratic Party transitioned into Republican-lite, it further alienated its populist base causing even more civic disengagement among progressives and the young which has manifested in democracy-destroying voter turnout declines.

    For the Democratic Party to revert back to its populist, FDR heights would require a truly momentous event to trigger it – something akin to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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  2. As far as I can see, the only really important Sanders’ policy for Clinton to pursue is to oppose TPPA. With the Democratic Platform Committee refusing to adopt an anti-TPPA plank, all the signs point to to Clinton flip flopping again and deciding to support it. With Trump (who’s also supposedly anti-TPPA) his choice of an extremely pro-TPPA vice president is also extremely ominous.

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    • I agree. Have seen nothing to raise my optimism that Clinton will do anything overt to oppose TPP. She can refuse to address it at all, let it slide through during the lame duck session and place any subsequent blame on the fact that it passed before she took office.


  3. Thanks for reposting this. Here’s how I commented over to there:

    Money in politics puts tremendous pressure on candidates to do what moneyed interests want. Those who stay out of that game don’t get reelected because too many voters get their news from political ads.

    That said, there’s still a difference between Democrats and Republicans, with Democrats much more supportive of issues like income inequality and climate change.

    I meet with members of Congress on poverty and climate issues, like these:

    . Charge carbon companies a fee which would be redistributed to American citizens.
    . Workers shouldn’t work full-time and still be in poverty — expand EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit — which brings income up to or over the poverty line).
    . Early childhood education = more college graduates, less teen pregnancy, less crime

    Dems support everything we want. Republicans mostly block everything. (Though some are coming around to seeing merit in the EITC and a carbon tax.)

    And Democratic Supreme Court nominees have voted to decreased the power of big money in politics, while Republicans have voted to make it stronger.

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