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- Jul 13, 2015
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I'm still not sure what conclusions can safely be drawn. Let's face it, politician's promises aren't known for being kept on a regular basis and if any group of people has a reputation for telling everyone what they want to hear it's politicians. It's not always easy to know whether the party as a whole is moving to the far left or whether it's just the most vocal social media users. The trouble with the vocal social media users is that upsetting them is like dealing with a pack of howler monkeys - you end up dealing with a huge amount of noise and much throwing of feces with little discrimination or concern as to who gets hit. Throw in the possibility for manufactured outrage - Nancy Pelosi might be female but isn't a "woman of color", and the concept of identity politics never seems short of a reason why you rejecting me is because you're a bigot rather than because I'm saying something stupid. I guess the question is whether whatever brand of socialism is being pushed has truly made huge inroads into the Democrat party to the extent that moderates are in genuine danger of being pushed out if they speak up, or whether the moderates just don't want to deal with endless howling on social media. People might be notionally afraid to speak out but uniting behind Biden rather than Sanders is a far more effective form of speaking out against what Sanders stands for.Okay. First, it should be noted that a number of members openly professing Socialism is a significant turn for the Democratic Party and would be for either of the big two parties. Until just recently, any suggestion of a Democrat being a Socialist was resisted with as much determination as if the accuser had said the candidate or officeholder was a Nazi. No more. The change is real and it has been reported by many observers that the Party's leadership is afraid of doing much of anything in public to resist the trend.
Not even Pelosi would do so much as to verbally reject the extremism of those Congresswomen through a simple Congressional resolution. Then too, a majority of the 17 or so candidates who were debating only weeks ago agreed with the Socialist policies espoused by Bernie and "The Squad," even while those candidates were posing as "Moderates." In sum, the evidence is there, and this development within the Democratic Party cannot be reduced to something as misleading as counting noses ("In fairness 'The Squad' is four people").
Second, this is why the Party's leadership has united behind the likes of Joe Biden. It's not because he's so compelling as a candidate; it's because that appears to be the only way to stop Sanders, given that the same Party strategists are afraid to just speak out against the Socialist inroads that have already been made by their extremists.
Joe Biden may be nothing more than the best chance to stop Bernie Sanders but given his known issues I'd have thought that other more moderate candidates would have stood at least a reasonable chance. Even Bloomberg, distasteful as he may be to the left for trying to buy his way in (and for his crimes of being an old white male billionaire), seems to tick at least some of the boxes beloved by the left and clearly has the resources to resist anything The Squad can muster. It is rather curious that the party that endlessly whines about diversity has managed to shake out the gay and female candidates and ended up with two old white men.
It's hard to know whether Biden or Sanders could realistically beat Trump. Sanders clearly has appeal among the hard left but misses the mark among most sections of the electorate and Biden doesn't give the impression of being particularly well connected, as if his brain and mouth disagree on what he wants to say. I read somewhere that he has a stutter which may explain some of the issue but I'm not sure that fully covers everything. From what I've read it seems the main focus for the left is to unite behind anyone who can beat Trump, and anyone who can be described as "hard left" is unlikely to have a broad enough appeal to do that.