“…as were the acolytes of Jesse Jackson, and Gene McCarthy, and George McGovern, and Bobby Kennedy, etc., etc…”
“Hell, we may as well add a lot of Obama’s acolytes to that sad list.”
You could also add to that list of predecessors Howard Dean’s DFA and Dennis Kucinich’s Progressive Democrats.
They all pledged to do exactly the same thing Our Revolution and Justice Democrats say they’re going to do. They’ve been doing it for a decade now: Primary “corporate”/“establishment”/DINO, etc. Democrats and move the party to the left!
We could judge how effective decades of these ‘inside’ efforts have been and why. We could even ask ourselves whether working within political parties has EVER been a particularly effective means of bringing about transformative social change: like civil rights, equal marriage, abolition of slavery, ending the draft and the Vietnam War, winning the right to organize, or obtaining women’s suffrage.
We might even ask how much time we have left before most Americans become totally disillusioned with voting, and the far Right is able to take over the national government with a highly motivated minority electorate of bigots and authoritarians. (Or wait… has that happened already?)
Or we could just keep doing the same damned thing.