Yeah, saying that one issue alone would be enough for me to vote for Booker was a stretch and that article is a perfect example. Like many, he'll try to seem like a progressive in the headlines, but then undermine those efforts when it comes down to the details. That's why I'm hoping for someone who has been fairly unwavering in pushing the things they purport to care about.
I'd personally prefer those things be the most socialistic, left leaning ideals but failing that then at least someone who I have some confidence will carry through on what they say they're going to do. That's one big reason why I hated the idea of the Zuck running. He can say all the pleasant things he wants about pushing Medicare for All, but who knows what he'll actually do. Someone like Merkley has a long track record of doing things that weren't always easy or popular.
Of course, the president doesn't write the laws. Even if the dems win the both houses and the presidency it'll be herding a bunch of cats just like with the ACA. The only way we'll get a bunch of shiny new liberal bills is if the electorate votes overwhelmingly for progressives in the next two elections. This primary season has all but obliterated my hopes of that happening. That guy Wolf whose flyer I posted a few months back got wrecked by Mike Quigley. He had just platform I wanted with universal healthcare, free tuition, environmental protection, strong unions, increased minimum wages, and legal weed. And he came in third with 9% of the vote.
So while I do believe that these progressive things are in the best interest of most Americans I am aware that not all Americans agree. And not all democrats agree. And that I may not be right. And that if my guy doesn't win it doesn't mean they got robbed by the system. Still, I'm going to start out every election season pulling for someone who will take from the rich and give to the poor. If that doesn't work out, I'll pull the blue lever.