Sank888 wrote:Sanders can do what he wants. Whatever from here on out will just alienate people, dilute his message and help trump. But that will probably be a muted affect. The true damage would come from a sustained viral attack claiming he’s senile. And I think that’s likely to occur with or without sanders in the race.
sanders has no path forward in national politics. What we have seen is much more of a repudiation of sanders movement by the media, establishment and dem voting base than it is support for Biden. Biden was just the rope used to hang the movement and would have been any other. This reminds me a little of Le Pen though they are opposites. Her fevered populist insurgency was tapped down when they found the most vanilla stick figure available in Macron.
Money needs to be poured into local organizations and progressives need to get organized and start running for local elections. That's what conservatives did starting in the 1980s. The real Reagan Revolution was getting the money behind them and the think tanks that were supported by the money to get involved locally. They had a plan and executed it with precision starting at the level of the school board. Until the left copies that plan, Bernie, AOC, and national progressive figures will only serve as pincushions for local elections.
There is no functioning Democratic party in states like Alabama and Wyoming, let alone a progressive wing, even though there are large numbers of progressive-minded people throughout red states.
This is the two party system losing control (or it never really had control and I am only now experiencing it enough to notice). In Chicago, where we have zero Republican Party, 6 new DSA alderman won races last summer. I imagine that caucus grows. It’s a reaction to the sort of corporate Whig-style democrat that Rahm represented and probably inspired by AOC and Bernie. That group is going to grow.
I think it’s different than the fracture on the right you experience in Alabama. Because (at least my view as an outsider that might be wrong) is that the psychos on the right just flat out took over and the normal people who thought they were just pro-business and now realizing that they are on the losing end of a culture war and they must fight back through trump.
As soon as the DSA has the strategic capacity to do so, they will stop running as democrats. Biden winning may even speed that up. And the DSA will be a fundraising powerhouse to deal with.
On a local level the DSA people here really lose me. They are ignorant to the need to win commercial business. They tried to shut down a huge development that will be unequivocally good for every single resident of the city. There is a huge difference between being anti corporate on a federal level vs a local level.