What I find heartening, and telling, is that it hasn’t taken much to start to undermine the establishment. There has been a clear change on policy, a clear change on what people expect, since Bernie ran. He was an old guy, someone that didn’t often bother to comb his hair, isn’t particularly handsome (sorry Bernie), had no name recognition, was massively outspent and had the entirety of the system against him. Despite that, he won 22 states and got a large percentage of votes. He could have won if the DNC, the media and the party didn’t do what they did. All their money, all their power, and it didn’t matter. Their candidate held on only because of their bullshit, and she managed to lose to the most unpopular major party nominee ever. Same goes with AOC. These are just a small handful of people and look at the impact they are having. They aren’t impacting what the state does right now, because it is filled with worthless and empty people, but it is impacting lots of other people and our political discourse.
Why? Because the status quo is held up by corruption, rancid group think and reality-less propaganda. Those in power offer nothing at all to most people, and are partying as the worldwide environment collapses. Look at how much a small handful of people are able to change conversations, expectations, and the mood of the country, and just imagine what would happen if we had a dozen AOC’s in a few years.
The move by the DCCC is self-defeating, but what options to do they have? They have nothing to offer most people, and they could not win elections if they didn’t rig things and stack things against those seeking change. There aren’t many other options left. My guess, as history has shown with these types, that when it comes to choosing fascism or social democracy/democratic socialism, they will choose fascism. They won’t call it fascism, and they might in the end put a happy face on authoritarian government in the future, but there is only so much you can rig a political system before there is a huge backlash. It isn’t far off.