Last week, Bernie Sanders returned to the Lone Star State on a Democratic Party unity tour. Like clockwork, Clinton supporters were in meltdown as they continued their condescension, guilt-tripping, and misreading of Sanders supporters. What is even more annoying is their calling anyone who doesn’t bow to incrementalism as naive.
So is this their way to destroy the passion and involvement of those who have involved themselves in what has been called a political revolution; jealous and resentful of those that would replace the old guard, and diminish their influence and ability to still find an audience from their soapbox, or is it that the Clintonites still will not admit that their candidate and campaign were flawed, and will attack any and all that mention this?
What Sanders has been saying since the election is appropriate and needed because the party is continuing their centrism and Third Way. People can argue about the primary and the aftermath, but some don’t want to confront that Republicans control 32 state legislatures, 33 governorships, and the U.S. Congress. The Dems are almost extinct in the South. Bernie Sanders, Russian trolls, James Comey, and any number of excuses does not answer why this has happened.
Which brings up the DCCC. After forfeiting involvement in the Kansas special election, the committee spent more than $8 million for Georgia 6. The result is Ossoff drew only a slightly larger percentage of the vote than Hillary Clinton. 30,000 Democrats failed to turn out, of which if 5500 of them had shown up, he would have won outright, and now faces a runoff which he could lose. At this point, the committee is winless in the 2017-18 season. As an organization that has been in existence for 150 years, saying that all this is part of finding the right strategy leading up to the 2018 mid-term, speaks volumes about the lack of understanding the needs of voters. If their main plan is to attack Trump as a path to victory, hopefully this poll, that shows 96% of those who supported him in the election would do it again, will give them something to ponder.
The poll also states this:
“Still, the national survey also finds some brighter spots for the president –- chiefly in pushing for jobs and in foreign policy –- as well as deep popularity problems for the opposition party. Sixty-seven percent say the Democratic Party is out of touch with the concerns of most Americans, even more than say the same about Trump, and similar to the Republican Party (62 percent). That’s a steeply negative turn for the Democrats, 19 percentage points more critical than when last asked three years ago, including especially steep losses in their own base.”
Of course, this will not prevent Clintonites from blaming Sanders and his followers
As it stands, unity is overblown, let the factions battle it out. The debate itself between Sanders and Clinton supporters has very little to do with the mood of the voters. Surveys since the election that have asked people what concerns them have not seen any mention of this friction between the followers of both.