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Yonatan Zunger 🔥 @yonatanzunger
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This article's description of Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren as candidates ideal for activating the Democratic Party base just highlights how poorly the Atlantic (and its ilk) understand what's going on politically.
Kamala Harris is an ex-AG, and an establishment centrist's idea of who "those young people" might actually like. These are all candidates that sound reassuring to people who view the party future as trying to please "moderate" Trumpists as being a "not-scary left."
The candidates who are *actually* speaking to the broad base are people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - but this is so terrifying to party leadership that they can't fully process it.
I mean, this could lead to them being accused of being Socialists! (Never mind that they are all the time anyway) It might scare off swing voters in key conservative districts! (Never mind how many non-swing voters it might turn into swing voters)
The Democratic Party leadership is convinced that if they just avoid saying any scary things, they'll get all the moderate Republican votes and nobody will call them a bad name anymore.
One of the (many) things they haven't figured out is that on economic issues, Republican voters want to hear real substance just as much as anyone else. "Business as usual" hasn't been a winning argument in over a decade.
And the other thing is that on racial issues, on trans issues, on all these issues, you can't weasel anymore. Whichever side you take on "quiet, polite racism is fine|not fine," people will *notice* and know to drop the qualifiers.
They really want to be welcoming to polite racism and to the targets of polite racism at the same time, and haven't figured out that people aren't that stupid.
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