What's new on the Bern front?

  1. annotator
    Although I supported Bernie since election I've lost touch with the movement he started.
    Can anyone help to catch me up?
  2. Surrealistik
    Hi Annotator.

    Essentially Bernie is working to advance progressives and progressive policy within the party while also acting to improve Democrat electoral prospects more broadly.

    As ever, the establishment Dems are wary of his growing popularity within and without the party and are trying to tightrope between tempering his influence and the influence of the progressive wing without alienating us; votes they so desperately need after their historic losses in 2016. Recently they circled the wagons to keep Bernie supporters out of any and all key DNC leadership positions, including Perez's transition team ( DNC Elected Zero Representatives From Sanders Wing | The Progressive Army | Progressives Slam Tom Perez's New DNC Transition Team | HuffPost ) , beyond the obvious debacle with Tom Perez's late entry into the DNC chair race vs Ellison and narrow victory.

    Obviously, for whatever reason, they feel they still have a mandate to rule and lead the party despite presiding over some of the most devastating, consecutive electoral losses in its entire history. As Sanders himself has stated: “Certainly there are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats.”

    At any rate, while Bernie acts as the face of the party and attempts to reform it through a soft power/hearts and minds strategy, Justice Democrats are working on forcing out establishment Dem corporatists, replacing them with progressives ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_Democrats ). Hopefully, in time, we'll take back the party that was stolen from us by Clinton and his third way neolibs in the 90s.
  3. FieldTheorist
    Yeah, there's mainly three major outgrowths: The first tries to work on the edges of the party, but still within it, called Justice Democrats which is run by Sanders aides and TYT and so. Secondly, there's Our Revolution which is run by Sanders' aides and campaign allies and largely runs alongside the Democratic party but I believe isn't officially a part of the Democratic party; and the final (and least popular) is the people trying to create a third party called the Draft Bernie party, which is trying to create a third party with Bernie at the top (So far Sanders has refused).

    On the whole, there's a lot of uncertainty. The DNC, as said above, is still refusing to work with Bernie. Their current strategy is basically that of a kindergartener on a playground: Kick someone you don't like in the shins, then runaway and ask/demand that you can still be friends. They want to destroy Bernie and the movement, but they also seem to slowly be internalizing that they're losing, and it's no longer possible to match their donors demands with their constituency demands (as well as balancing what options will allow them to vie for better roles within the party). It's also worth adding that the "consultant class" within the DNC (the group who both profits off of consultant contracts from the DNC and are voting members of the DNC) have a strong and powerful influence over the DNC. In a real sense, these are the people who're the biggest anti-Bernie cheerleaders.

    On the public front, Sanders has risen to the top of political names. If he were 10 years younger, it'd be certain that he's running in 2020 because he stands a really strong chance. Right now, the Left seems to be looking (at least, those who are remain at least informally within the Democratic party) are looking at Warren, Sanders, Gabbard, and Turner as big names. The consultant class of the DNC are lining up their candidates, and a strong option right now seems to be Cory Booker, but they'll add more to the roster over time.

    But on the whole, I'd say that while Leftists are willing the battle of public opinion, liberals are winning the formal party power struggles essentially without any major losses. So, for example, we've taken over Kansas state party and some other small states, and have won a handful of battles, but so far the DNC chairperson, the California party chair, the transition team who're planning the future of the DNC, the Unity Commission, and similar have all been handed over to the establishment/consultant/donor classes, and those groups will continue to act against the Left at every chance. The one thing that I can say is that 2018 is a massive toss-up. I honestly think it's likely to come out quite poorly for Democrats, and that under normal circumstances would lead to Perez to resign (but after DWS' role in 2014, probably not; if it hadn't been for the DNC email scandal, she'd probably still be the head of the DNC).

    The tl;dr is this: Come 2020, Trump will have made a complete mess of everything, the Democrats will likely have taken it in the teeth even harder in 2018 elections than they did in 2016; and that means that the Democratic primaries in 2020 (and the ensuing general election) will be the most explosive primary in modern history, I am willing to bet. This time, I am highly skeptical that the party managers will be able to hold on. But that's a long wait, and a lot of things could happen between then and now.
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