And the disproportionate power it gives rural white voters.
I will always blame Susan Sarandon, and Ralph Nader, and all of the Bernie bros, for this miserable American century. Yes, the system is stacked against us, but it’s not like we suddenly found that out. I am beyond disgusted by any sentient beings who sacrifice the possible for the impossible perfect and thus burden the rest of us with the unbearable.
Strong disagree with you, Noah Berlatsky. The Sarandon/AOC/Bernie Bro Left refuses to accept the SYSTEM. Making policy changes and changing the system are two different things, and are done on different platforms. If you want to change the system, getting elected to Congress is not the way to do it. Representative governmental bodies are inherently about compromise. Refusing to compromise brings everyone down, as the Republicans so clearly demonstrate. Pundits and the Democratic Party would be wise to listen to Rachel Bitecofer and develop some messages that have broader, more positive appeal. Until we speak with a unified voice about what we are getting right we are going to continue to be a bunch of babies throwing sand at each other on the playground.
I mean, why not both? It's a double load. The Susan Sarandons of the world are infuriating because of their insistence that there's no difference between the Democrats and Republicans, and there clearly is. It's the perfect solution fallacy in action.
The structural problem in the Senate is huge, but it's not the only problem. I live in a red area of a purple state (PA) and I'm continually frustrated by leftists who live in places where they never need to fight a tight general election. The left, for all its claims, hasn't been out there winning those seats, or protecting statehouses.
Here in Los Angeles this interest group is again running someone against ADAM SCHIFF. Who thinks Adam Schiff deserves to be primaried from the left?
I don't know much about Cuellar or his opponent, but I do know that there is more than one issue affecting Americans, so branding democrats "feckless" for "rallying around Cuellar" and relying upon a single issue -- abortion -- as the support for this statement is, simply, not a credible argument.
Respectfully I disagree. Elections are first and foremost about turning out the base. Milquetoast “centrist” policies alienate the base. We need to lean hard into a Green New Deal, abortion, and guns. And not just for now, but for the next 30 years. Can’t anyone here play this game? And IDGAF any more about Sarandon or Sanders or Nader. They screwed us hard but that’s in the past. We need to look to the future.
I would not have minded Sarandon so much if she had not actively discouraged her followers from voting. That took it to a different level for me.