Is the *left's* position that the only way to change hearts & minds is to knock millions of doors & have 30 min conversations with each person abt Medicare for All? Or might high profile events that draw attention to the failure of our healthcare system in this moment be helpful?
Organizing is important. But Biden didn't knock doors or even have field offices in many key states until late in the game. What he did have was the total support of the corporate media, & a solid narrative for them to push: "I am the only one who can beat Trump."
Biden also had the support of every corporate interest group in the country.
It's hard to compete with that. But it given how much bipartisan distain for this type of behavior there is, you can endeavor to make taking this money politically toxic.
No. As I have explained, the goal of #forcethevote is to bridge the gap between enormous support for #medicareforall (88% among Democratic voters) and the tepid support among elected Democrats (barely half of house dems).
I'm an hour 20 min into watching the 2019 Ways and Means committee hearing on universal healthcare and there hasn't been a single question aimed at exposing how much money anti-M4All witnesses or congress members have taken from the private healthcare industry.
He took $110k from a healthcare PAC. Might have something to do with his choice to lie about the cost of Medicare for All, which a conservative study found offers enormous cost savings by cutting out the middle man that's lining Vern's pockets.
88% of Dems support M4All. Barely half of Democratic Representatives do.
Progressives arguing against a vote on M4all "bc it will fail" *should* be asking why Dem Reps don't represent their constituents -- not haranguing leftists for trying to highlight that gap. #ForceTheVote
The question #ForceTheVote detractors have to answer is how they plan to resolve the accountability gap that enables Dem Representatives to get away w/ rejecting Medicare for All. HOW will they get past the complicit corporate media, & WHEN is a better time than a pandemic?
Calls for organizing and mass protest are well founded. I made those same calls as an integral part of my original case. But it is also true that activism is often spurred by events that signal a crisis point. For example, this summer's protests.
"I lived 10 years w/o healthcare. I can go as long as we gotta go." - Ben Dixon on why we should hold up Medicare for All until we get Reparations.
I support Reparations. Pitting these issues against each other is extremely regressive. And it's cruel in the middle of a pandemic.
This "either or" strategy is exactly what liberals have used to shoot down universal programs that inure disproportionately to the benefit of poor black/brown people. I wrote an article about it. theintercept.com/2018/08/26/bew…
That quote is from the same stream on which he accused me of being an uncle tom (It's near the end).
BTW, some folks, including AOC, have argued that the problem with #ForceTheVote is that we should ask for other things. But the floor vote is specifically something within Pelosi's purview. She can unilaterally do it. The same isn't true of a $15 min wage, reparations, etc.
I'm all for getting her on the record about other priorities. And I'm VERY supportive of Sirota's suggestions. But to be clear, part of my argument is that if you ask Pelosi for what SHE can do, she can't use Biden's reluctance as cover. currentaffairs.org/2020/12/the-ca…
We saw how Biden stonewalled half a dozen civil rights leaders on that leaked tape. We can *demand* Pelosi do XYZ, but it's possible that Biden would rather have Hakeem Jefferies as speaker than concede on his policy agenda.
Regardless of whether they force a floor vote, a handful of progressives could decide against voting for Pelosi under any condition.
It wouldn't make McCarthy R-CA speaker. Dems would hold another vote w/ a different candidate.
3/4 of Americans think Pelosi needs to step down. Her favorables are worse than Trumps. Anti-Pelosi ads likely hurt down ballot candidates as much as or more than "defund" ads. But some of you think it would be "bad optics" to oppose her.
Lots to say about the first 15 min of Hillbilly Elegy but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that he just “joked” that Whitney Houston sounds better with the volume turned down.
I have very little sympathy left for this character.
Also, he’s at a law school function at THE BEST LAW SCHOOL IN AMERICA, and the *tension* in the scene is that he might not get a summer job AT THE BEST FIRM IN AMERICA, because he can’t pick btwn Chardonnay and Cabernet blanc.
God forbid he go to the 2nd best one firm.
The movie pretends his ability to pay for school hinges on getting a summer job at this particular firm, but all the top firms pay the same, so not sure it matters if he knows which plate is his bread plate & what’s a fish fork.
Me: Black people are suffering by dozens of measurable metrics there's a link between the party's indifference to our grievances and the fact that our votes are captured.
ChomskyLuvr1996: "Why are you shoehorning idpol into everything?"
Solidarity for me but not for thee I guess.
I'm sincerely committed to a multiracial coalition that includes white working class voters. But I'm getting tired of the eye-rolling that emerges from some segment of the left whenever black grievances are up at bat.
This includes leftists who beat their chests saying "just vote" and then "do the work of activism" while scoffing at the idea that a precarious person might reasonably resent being told that climate change is more important than whether they survive the year.
Ok, just getting into the West Wing and at the top of episode 3 the president is giving a speech under a banner that says "practical idealism."
This is peak hate-watching.
Bradley Whitford’s character just asked the Black guy from Psych to grab a beer in Georgetown after work and the Black guy was all “what kind of bar is this?” and boy oh boy I do NOT miss the “no homo” nineties.
Bernie Bro stories were like “she called me a heartless neoliberal for not caring that 68,000 people die a year from lack of health insurance.” And credulous reporters would characterize that as “harassment.” Meanwhile:
Bernie repeatedly and forcefully disavowed any random acts of online bullying and was held accountable for it anyway. Meanwhile:
Anat Shenker-Osorio gives excellent advice here. She points out that “law and order” is a trap set by Trump that serves to keep the base at home. (Also, leaning into right wing framing is immoral). podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pod…
She also argues that emphasizing Trump is an authoritarian helps him. Instead, he should be described as weak, bumbling and ineffectual. (Interestingly, that is Trump’s approach to Biden).
Prior to the interview, the hosts argue, correctly, that Dems should emphasize policy.
Notably, this is what the left has been saying this whole time.
Stop panicking. Stop blaming the left. Stop using right wing framing.
Start emphasizing policy. Start phone banking.
And the better the policy is the more electable Biden will be.
By forging ahead with this ticket, the party calculated that they didn't need these votes; a version of 'for every Blue collar voter we lose in Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia.'
But for Black/young/progressive voters.
To many voters, it feels like the party wants to have it both ways. Some folks will cave to the pressure of defeating Trump. Others will abstain out of frustration that their substantive needs -- needs as exigent as 'kids in cages' -- were ignored to advance corporate interests.
Many liberals are committed to the idea that progressivism will fail bc WWC voters are too racist to ever vote for populist economic policies, & will reject ‘what’s good for them’ if it helps POC too. Meanwhile, they say corporate Dems CAN stitch together a coalition. How?
Presumably by ... not helping POC? And/or by pandering to conservative whites who don’t want police reform or high taxes or ... anything Dems are supposed to me for other than “civility.” #lawandorderBiden
Is this the bargain that’s going to yield results for the POC/WC base?
If “Bernie” style politics is supposed to be so offensive to “racist whites” that it will never work, what does it say about Biden’s approach that racists (hypothetically) will like him — even though he offers very little in terms of material uplift?