I’ve had this tweet open in a tab for a couple of days, the video is really good, and I think we need to discuss because there is a legit BOTH SIDES here:
We get into discussions like this —now and then!— in the comments. Let’s have a free-for-all!
The thing is, there is an Establishment and there are Young Upstarts. The Establishment were the upstarts once, too, and I think that gets lost.
It wasn’t that long ago that The Establishment was the Dixiecrats who got replaced by Civil Rights-era Democrats (when the Dixies went to the GOP); they got replaced (eventually) by the Clinton-era New Democrats.
Right now, we are living through the changing of the guard again as the New Democrats leave the stage and whoever it is comes next.
You want a socialist in office, you gotta elect one. And that brings us to The Establishment.
Here’s the institutional Democratic Establishment and here’s the roles that they play:
- The DNC raises money for the candidates and to put on the National convention. They do NOT set policy. They will raise money for AOC as well as for a Blue Dog. If you are running as a socialist in a district that is +40R, they will probably not greatly support your suicide mission if the money is needed somewhere winnable. They are strictly about getting a Democrat elected. It’s only numbers.
- The DCCC raises money and defends incumbent representatives in the House. If the incumbent loses the primary, then they support whoever the Democrat is who won. AOC got DCCC money for the general campaign. (Not much, however, as there is no way her district +40D will go Republican.) And again, it’s all numbers.
- The DSCC does what the DCCC does, just for the Senate.
So yes, the Establishment defends the established unless there is no incumbent. But once there is a candidate for the general election, they go all-in for that candidate, and that’s how it works. It’s politics.
Yes, I wish that we had more progressives in office, but here’s the fly in the ointment: the progressive candidate has to be elected. The secret sauce is having a candidate who matches/reflects the district.
AOC comes from a fantastically left congressional district, and her challenge worked. She matched her district; she would be clobbered anywhere in W. Virginia.
Joe Manchin matches his state. If someone comes at him from the left and wins the primary, then that Senate seat will go to a Republican. It’s a freaking miracle that a Democrat is in that seat.
So if we had 54 Senate seats (instead of the 50 we have) then primary Manchin and Sinema with abandon, but until then, they are all that is keeping the gavel out of Mitch McConnels reptilian hand.
So to a point, Whoopie is right. The next gen is standing on the shoulders of giants, just as these kids will be when their children come for them.
Hasan Minhaj is right to be uninspired, I certainly was uninspired at his age, and I don’t think in my lifetime that my first choice candidate has even once been the nominee; why just this century:
- I supported Howard Dean in 2004.
- I supported John Edwards in 2008 (before his spectacular implosion; but his 2- Americas speech inspired me).
- I supported Bernie in the 2016 primary and switched on a dime to Hillary when she became the nominee.
- I supported Warren in 2020 (as I think everyone knows), and went all-in for Joe.
I might want things to be different, but my candidates did not have the winning argument. It’s the way democracy (little dee) works: majority rules.
I would hardly say that my politics is third way (Lieberman-esque, tho I have been accused of that on Twitter) and given my track record, I am hardly supportive of the Establishment (I do NOT donate to the DNC and never have).
I’m probably closer to the Dude in sentiment than in age, but I think Whoopie has it exactly right: don’t piss on your own team, save that for the Republicans.
(H/T @iamChanteezy is a wonderful follow on Twitter.)