It’s not a surprise by any stretch that the Third Way (New Democrat Coalition) controlled Democratic National Committee is trying to ram Joe Biden to the party’s presidential nomination; running rough-shod over the protests of the progressive grassroots. But that is a big mistake on the DNC’s part, as it’s repeating the same mistake it made with Hillary Clinton back in 2016. Before we go into that old tizzy, let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
To start with, let’s look at how the DNC let complacency take root by forcing Hillary’s nomination. They figured, via a pied-piper campaign strategy, that they could get the public to vote for her through their own disgust with Donald Trump’s caustic rhetoric; and we all saw how that played out. They also started taking certain constituencies’ votes for granted and ran the most tone-deaf campaign, which was also turning off voters. But the biggest mistake it made was that the people wanted continuity, more of the same failed incrementalism that the public was beginning to tire of. For those reasons above, that was what incentivized certain parts of the electorate into either backing Trump (the least qualified presidential candidate in US History) or 3rd-party candidates, or simply staying home and not vote at all. It’s undeniable that there were also other factors that played into Hillary’s loss; everything from Russian interference in the election to the Republicans cheating by rigging electoral outcomes in their own favor (vote suppression, manipulating voting machines, etc.).
But we shouldn’t lose sight of the central premise that the DNC severely miscalculated just how incensed the electorate actually was at the time; incensed with essentially being held hostage (and bullied into voting for the “candidate” [aka Hillary]) and then being left behind once the voting was done. By making so many derisive comments of their own, the Democrats pissed away all the votes they needed in order to win. Calling anyone who didn’t vote for Hillary, during both the primaries and the general, mysogynists and “Bernie Bros” created so much ill-will that the progressive grassroots didn’t turn out as heavily as they had done in both 2008 and 2012 when Barack Obama was at the top of the ticket. Trump and the Republicans exploited this rift to snatch the presidency.
As for the Russians, it’s easily confirmable to say that the Republican Party colluded with them in 2016. However, that fits into a larger pattern that’s been described on this blog once before. There’s a likelihood that they won’t be able to play the peripheries in this year’s election like they did last time. Not because of Donald Trump’s bumbling, but because of the intelligence community and social media giants’ due diligence in weeding out potential misinformation campaigns.
All of that said, we can’t ignore the other inconvenient fact, which is that the DNC is doubling down on the same failed strategy this time, only substitute Hillary with Biden. The Corporate Dem Establishment is still up to its old antics yet again upon Bernie Sanders. They’re trying to do everything humanly possible to undermine his campaign, and if they succede, they’ll be setting themselves up to lose. This is why we need to fight them off again, as they shouldn’t be given the chance to hold us hostage again.