March 5, 2020

IT'S NOT A PROGRESSIVE PARTY:

Sometimes the Obvious Thing Is True: Bernie Sanders Is Just Too Liberal (Kevin Drum, 3/05/20, Mother Jones)

Even among Democrats, there's not a majority who identify as liberal, let alone mega liberal. Maybe there will be someday when Millennials and Gen Z take over, but not today.

I know I'm a bit of a broken record on this, but the whole Bernie phenomenon is very much a part of the Twitter bubble. Or maybe it's just the "online blatherer bubble." In any case, I belong to a few progressive listservs and support for Joe Biden in those places is approximately zero. On Twitter, you'd think there were no human beings in the country who supported Biden. Even in the more traditional media, there's an assumption that Biden is just sort of a default choice for some people, but that nobody actively likes the guy.

Maybe so. But out in the real world I think there's more grass roots support for Biden than he gets credit for. It's not as loud or as enthusiastic as Sanders or Warren get, but neither is it "establishment" support, as Biden's weak fundraising shows. Rather, it comes from Biden's experience; his general likability; his optimism; and yes, some Obama coattails.

Ironically, by forcing blacks, Latinos and Asians to remain Democrats, Donald keeps their party mainstream.  It is Republicans who are radical.

Posted by at March 5, 2020 12:52 PM

  

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