Saturday, July 9, 2016

Democratic platform shows Sanders' influence, endorsement may be soon

If the platform were dusted for fingerprints, many of them would belong to Bernie according to AZBlueMeanie's overview.

For example:

James Downie at the Washington Post writes today, The Democratic platform is far more liberal than four years ago. Here’s why that matters.

The draft 2016 version leaked Friday shifts noticeably leftward from its 2012 counterpart in both policy and language. While not yet set in stone, the change is an encouraging sign that activists’ years of work are paying off and that the party is embracing an agenda that speaks to the concerns of millions of Americans who have too often been forgotten in mainstream political debate.

From the opening of the 2016 draft platform, one can see the rhetorical fingerprints of progressive movements, especially Black Lives Matter and the insurgent presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). In the preamble, the authors warn that “as working people struggle, the top one percent accrues more wealth and more power” and “our nation’s long struggle with race is far from over.” Though the 2012 platform repeatedly criticized inequality and — to a lesser extent — discrimination, it had none of the stridency of the 2016 draft version. “The greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street must be brought to an end,” it declares. (Can you imagine the New Democrats of the 1990s putting illegal behavior and Wall Street in the same sentence?) Later, the authors promise that the party “will push for a societal transformation to make it clear that black lives matter.” Not too long ago, more politically cautious Democrats would have steered clear of phrases like that, but here they are.

And then there is the language on health care.

Even President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, is overtaken by the shift to the left. The 2012 platform was understandably content to focus on the law’s successes; with Hillary Clinton’s determination to benefit from Obama’s legacy, the 2016 version might be expected to do the same. Yet the drafters go much further, declaring that “Americans should be able to access public coverage through Medicare or a public option.” It is extraordinary that Democrats are saying that the most popular figure in the party’s biggest accomplishment is not liberal enough.

... overall, this would be the most progressive Democratic platform in history.

However, Sanders is quoted as telling House Dems that "The goal isn’t to win elections, the goal is to transform America."

The Blue Meanie tutors Bernie about what must happen first for his transformation to be successful.

Here’s the thing, Bernie … Democrats first have to get elected to office before they can “transform America.” Focus on electing a Democratic president and Congress, governors and state legislatures, and then maybe we can actually get around to doing something about your “revolution” rhetoric. Get the Democratic donkey out in front of the cart first.

And one way to get the donkey out front is for Sanders to finally endorse Clinton and lead Bernie's followers to do the same. That may be in the works for the coming week according to an AP report mentioned by AZBlueMeanie.

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