okayish article, seems the writer is still stuck in the mindset of “everything was sweet before last november”. which is wrong. i can understand why potential prez nominees are being interrogated this early - it gives them plenty of time to explain why they did such and such and how they might do it differently going forward. would also help if nina turner and the like we discussed more in articles like this.
i know you and i have disagreed a bit in this thread but i guess we’d both agree we’re quite lucky in the UK in that the labour left seems to be consolidating its grip quite well and the blairites are sort of having to admit the new reality is working a lot better than they perhaps wanted it to, bar the odd rumble. by contrast, america is big and crazy and polarised, so i guess this schizoid infighting is reproduced at every level of its political culture on both sides. maybe they need a few smaller victories to help them chart a path forward.
they just need some core principles to unite around. what do people care about? universal healthcare, $15 minimum wage, a pledge to stop interfering in foreign conflicts…all hugely popular, across the board, why can’t they all get behind this? it’s so weird. weirder still to think it’s only the gop being so shit that has prevented the worst excesses of trumpism up to now.
oh, and they really, really need to shitcan the russia/red scare stuff, or at least reign it in a bit. polls are showing it’s just not an issue for most people, whereas jobs, healthcare etc is.