Biden has all the right moves for tragedy. He could pull one off.
I am afraid that Warren might swirl down the same plumbing device, honestly, though I would surely rather see her attempt it than Biden, much as I would rather see Sanders take the nomination than her. It’s a pity to have them sort of brought forth as though they were equal measures here, though to be fair Jeff Cohen does not actually state that.
Cohen’s optimism about the party itself is out of line, sadly. There have apparently been multiple memos issued, and one wonders if anyone actually got all of them.
- Memo: The DNC appoints candidates by fiat, as per the US court case.
- Memo: Personnel that participated in the rigging of the prior nomination remain in charge of party promises
- Memo: No ongoing challenge has appeared within the party to the antidemocratic Democratic process, not even by Sanders
- Memo: The interests of many people in the central mechanism of the party would be served far better by another Trump victory than by a progressive victory–by which I do not mean to include Warren, who appears to clearly be a controlled actor,but by which I do mean Sanders, for whom that judgment is less completely clear.
The conclusion that one might have found inevitable here is that the era in which Democrats cozy up to money and power has most certainly continued into 2019. How might Cohen describe the cozying of a Feinstein or a Pelosi were he drawn to the topic? The corruption ushered in by the Bill Clinton era to be extended by W and by Obama in turn has not abated, not even a little, but grows more shrill and obvious under challenge. This is equally true if we consider only the Democratic Party, though there’s no lack of accusation that one might make at the Republicans.
In consideration of all this, let me propose that there is a likely even greater tragedy should the DNC be allowed to appoint Joe Biden as its candidate for the presidency: he could win. If he does, the cabal that prohibits the Democrats from growing back their severed left wing shall consolidate. The only resistance in public office to things like the TPP or a war in Iran will actually be Republican–and that is a very thin hope indeed.
A live question, then, folks, is what do we do when a Biden gets nominated?
- If we do not vote, the thieves easily run off with the election–one group or the other
- If we vote Biden, the right consolidates within and outside of the party, and the wars accelerate predictably
- If we vote Trump–well, forget that. What point would there be?
If we vote third party, we make some demonstration that parties will pay every, every, every time that the choose an obvious corporate stooge. It looks overwhelmingly unlikely that the Greens or other left parties will get votes to actually achieve party status, enter debates and so forth. In part, this is because they are not excluded from debates because of unpopularity, but because They are not convenient to those who operate the debates. The other reason is that they simply cannot bring enough threat to bear to even get their votes counted. Entry and exit polls counted very many more votes for both left and right third parties than would be suggested by the official vote count. The Greens brought suit in some cases, and for that Bravo!. But they were simply unable to force the obvious response.
Do none of you who fear the splitting of the Democratic vote by a Green candidate ever consider voting Libertarian? The Libertarian party has gotten a greater share of the vote than have the Greens. It is more likely to split off Republicans than Democrats, though by a smaller margin than usually acknowledged.
And you do not have to shoot yourself in the foot supporting a “Blue no matter who” monster working to purge the party of anyone who stands to represent you.