Bernie Sanders has endorsed Marie Newman in her battle to defeat Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. The Sanders boost comes as early voting has already started in Illinois. It’s possible he will visit the district to rally voters, cut commercials for her, and help her raise funds.
This came a day or so after Nancy Pelosi made it clear that Democrats will continue to stand by the representative chosen by the voters, and support Lipinski.
“I would have to see who’s running,” Marie Newman told The New York Times when asked if she would back Pelosi as Speaker if Democrats seize control of the House.
Nancy Pelosi is a national treasure who suffers the slings and arrows of half the country on a daily basis. Marie Newman is indecent in the extreme for attacking her in this manner.
Sanders knows that in backing Newman he is doing his best to start an ugly fight. And one would think he’d know that he’s bet on a losing horse again- his stepdaughter just lost her election for the mayorship of Burlington, VA– and for the same reason as always.
Bernie Sanders is too far left. Radically too far left.
The hardcore extremists who are propping up Bernie would like nothing better than to view the Newman/Lipinski contest for the 3rd Congressional District as a test of the political purity of far-left extremists against the Democrats who have always protected and stood up for them.
They point to Lipinski’s anti-abortion stance, which undoubtedly is repugnant, as a reason why attacking an elected Democrat ought to be considered acceptable.
But what about Heath Mello, early last year? He was perfectly willing to compromise on woman’s reproductive rights. Bernie took all kinds of heat for this at the time. He just didn’t care.
Bernie also refused to endorse Governor Ralph Northam’s campaign in Virginia. Again, we have to ask why?
The only answer is sour grapes. Northam easily beat his primary contender, Bernie’s man Tom Perriello. He, of course, was for Bernie last year. Perriello, however, is far from an ideal progressive. He’s another one of Bernie’s anti-abortion candidates.
It was also not so long ago that Perriello boasted of his A rating from the National Rifle Association, which was a result of his opposition to an assault weapons ban.
Let’s get real here. Bernie didn’t endorse Perriello because of his policies. He did it because Perriello is one of his cronies. Northam was not.
Dan Lipinski is also not a crony of Bernie’s, and it is the firmly held conviction of Millennial Democrats that is the only reason he has decided to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong in Chicago.
Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. It all comes down to that. Everything he does makes perfect sense, once you’ve considered that he isn’t on our side. He has a really mean and overcompetitive side to him. That was clearly visible by last June, by which time he had ceased to resemble Mr. Rogers.
It is that unfortunate tendency that keeps him from helping real Democrats. He thought he was just going to show right up and start taking over the show. Unfortunately for Senator Sanders, we have made it quite clear to him that he and his fanatic followers are not at all going to waltz in here and take us over, regardless of the disgraced and terminated Cenk Uygur and his insolent hashtag, #WeWillReplaceYou.
Time for some real talk. Bernie is bitter about losing. He tried to hijack the Democratic party. He never intended on joining us for a second, although he lied all the way through both 2015 and 2016 and said he would. He hates Democrats and always has. He once said that JFK made him nauseous.
That is what this is about. Nothing else. It is why Bernie was so appealing to the Russians.
There has never been a set of midterms so crucial. Everyone on every side knows this. The best chance we’ve got of getting rid of Donald Trump before 2020, except maybe for the 25th Amendment, is to turn the Congress blue. The guys we’ve got in there now would never have impeached Nixon. We need Democrats in the legislative branch to impeach Trump. Period.
Our electoral road to success is an uphill battle. Twenty-five Senate Democrats are up for reelection this year, for example, as opposed to only eight of the reds. A plausible path to control of the Senate has arisen since Doug Jones’ stunning upset of the perverse Roy Moore, but it’s still going to be very hard.
In spite of all this, there’s a certain element in the party that refuses to care about any of this and instead insists on fighting their own people.
I saw a good point in an article today about progressive energy at the local level; awesome. It takes us all. Working together, and not against each other. It’s not about rejecting progressive ideas; we’re all progressives. The 2016 platform was progressive to a magnificent degree. Time to start focusing on the positives and putting the past to bed.
It’s insane to have a primary where Democrats are fighting each other in a year when every cent is needed so desperately to fight the real enemy. Anyone who is forcing us to waste time and money thus, and worsening the interparty divide in the process, should be viewed as extremely suspect.
In related news, Conor Lamb’s stunning victory in Pennsylvania this month in a district Trump won by more than 20 points sent a strong message to Republicans as to how revolted America is by their president. It was a clear and present harbinger of an overwhelming #BlueWave.
But there was also a strong message sent by his victory to us Democrats.
It means that being a calm, thoughtful and polite moderate is a winning strategy once more.
It also means that being constructive is very important to American voters after years of chaotic hatefulness on both far sides of the political divide.
The political spectrum of America is like a pendulum, swinging back and forth from right to left. It always has and it always will. However, despite all kinds of tectonic social upheavals and political reorientation, most Americans are ultimately part of a large political center.
Going too far left in primaries to appease this assumption makes the road back to that political center a long one.
There are some very noisy people in both extremist camps who get famous using vitriol, wild rhetoric, and radical views. Lamb’s victory proves that you have the better chance to win by exhibiting your intelligence self-control. We’ve had enough of screaming about a revolution.
In order for the Blue Tsunami to keep sweeping over this country in 2018 and 2020, our candidates have to understand that we cannot win unless we appeal to Independents in the national electorate and moderate Republicans in right-of-center congressional districts or states. Misguided idealism and purism is not going to help us get rid of Donald Trump.
And neither is Bernie Sanders.