Can a moderate Democrat squelch the Bern? Seriously.



There are Democrats praying to God

That Sanders will not get the nod.

To them he does seem

On the left too extreme;

They’d prefer someone totally mod.


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  • On the other hand, there was the last time around when they stacked the superdelegates for a candidate who had a 96% chance of winning, but didn't.

    All we can hope is that they don't cannibalize themselves.

  • Seriously. (You rang?) I keep reading references to "mid-century modern" and realizing that covers the '60s, when "mod" was the latest word. Then I stop and think how long ago the '60s were (and yes, I was here for most of them). If the Democrats are looking for someone with 60-year-old ideas, there's trouble somewhere in River City, trouble with a capital T.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    I got the message about "mid-century modern" when This Old House hammered the term into viewers' heads about a 1957 house that was protected by the historical commission. It has been a long time since they restored Victorians.

    I'm not sure the current Dems are pushing 1960s thinking (which would involve advocating for Medicare and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, things that now the Republicans don't contest), but several of the candidates don't look like they will live through a 4 year term.

    Anyway. AW was using mod as moderate, although I don't know how anyone could consider Dan Lipinski moderate for running an ad stating that Marie Newman will take aware your health care, only briefly stating that a government plan would replace it. However, since I don't live in that district, I don't want to be bombarded with that.

  • Maybe after more than three years of a populist disrupter on the right, an angry Democratic electorate believes that the remedy is a populist disrupter on the left.

    Moderation is easier when emotions are calmer.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    But can a populist disrupter on the left carry the swing states, which are the only ones that count?

  • In reply to jack:

    I don't know. Do you? Can a moderate win these states? Also, are the "swing states" the same ones in 2020 as in 2016? It looks to me that some urbanizing southern and western states may also be swing states this year.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    I don't know if the swing states are the same, nor that those voters who said in about 2018 "I voted for something different last time, but not for this garbage" are enough to change the result. I do know that if the result is the same in the Rust Belt, it is going to take a lot of states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia to flip to counteract that. I'm not these guys' campaign strategists (who are those who have to answer that question), but know that California, Illinois, and New York are irrelevant in this context.

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