the coronavirus looming on the nation like a heavy shroud, most folks
have probably forgoten about the super conniving by the Democrats.
For those who say the Dems can’t organize, they organize in
their own establishment interests. We saw an almost magical
disappearance of candidates dropping out to make way for Joe Biden. A
New York Times headline said it best: Democratic Leaders Willing to
Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders.
one is of sound mind, you know there’s nothing radical or
revolutionary about the Democratic Party. Calling it a progressive
party is being generous. I know all of this, but I was still hopping
mad when I saw
the invisible hand of the party manipulate the process to ensure a
clear path to the White House for Uncle Joe. Tom Steyer, Pete
Buttigieg Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Mike Bloomberg—poof.
before Super Tuesday, there was rumblings by Party operatives that
Bernie Sanders was problematic on several levels. The big one is
talking that socialist smack would mean that Dems in all races would
have to wear that jacket. They believed this could mean a loss of the
presidency, some Congressional seats and some state or local races.
The mainstream media has joined in to amplify Sanders as a failed
presidential candidate that should move on.
has struggled with the Black vote, but he definitely made inroads.
Prior to Super Tuesday, 100+ Black writers and academicians endorsed
the Sanders campaign. On the enthusiasm scale, he scores high and an
enthusiastic voter is what we’re going to need on November 3,
to the undemocratic moves of the party.
was unwarranted fear that Sander would go into the convention with
either a majority or a plurality forcing a brokered convention. This
is not that big a deal because of the nearly 800 superdelegates in
place to maintain the status quo. There was no way that Bernie could
get through that firewall.
some of us had hoped to see was a fair process where candidates had a
chance to strut their stuff, defend their positions on the burning
issues of the day. What we saw was the Democratic National Committee
change the rules to allow Bloomberg to participate in the
presidential debate. Since the billionaire was bank-rolling his own
campaign, Bloomberg didn’t meet the DNC’s minimum number
of donations to win a spot at the debate. There was much pleading to
change the rules to for the sake of diversity on the debate stage,
but the rules were strictly applied. Corey Booker and Kamala Harris
didn’t meet their quota. So, poof—they were gone.
I mention that Bloomberg contributed $300k to the DNC and about $800k
to a DNC-affiliated PAC? A million dollars got him on the stage.
same rigged system the Dems cry about with the Republicans is being
replicated. It is turning off voters who were lukewarm to the party
already but who still have a hunger to dump trump. How is the party
going to bring the youthful white, Black and Brown voters into a
Biden coalition that will trounce trump forever?
years, I’ve criticized the Democratic Party for not paying
attention to its base. The important responsibility of voter
engagement (from registration to getting out the vote) has been
largely left to grassroots groups and progressive state-wide
coalitions. The party has been ignoring its loyal base but
predictably, it will soon come a-courtin’ on the road to the
is a fragile coalition that must be unified around the strategic goal
of “anybody but trump.” Stop pushing Bernie out, let the
process run its course. Every voter who feels spurned and stays at
home in November increases the margin of victory for the wanna-be
dictator who has been running havoc on the country for the last three
Dems got a lot of making up to do. The lesson the Party must learn
fast is that it will be easier to persuade a disillusioned voter than
one who feels scorned yet again.