A left populist wins in NY-14. A left populist wins in Mexico. A left populist won seats in the UK. A left populist won in Spain. Left populists won big in PA. Repeating this again for those still lamenting that they aren’t at brunch right now under a Hillary Clinton presidency: Bernie would’ve won. If you’re worried you spent most of 2015-16 and aftewards convinced he hadn’t the slightest chance of winning the general and buying malicious DNC-manufactured talking points about Bernie Bros and purity-trolls and socialism being the ideological sandbox of privileged, white dude-bros, that’s alright. Better late than never. Even the most visible centrist darlings are awkwardly having their come-to-jesus moments wrt to the message the Bernie-left has been trying to get across over the last three years: people everywhere want leftist policies, policies that address their material concerns most of all. If you don’t run an authentic and convincing campaign on these issues (no big-money donors, no concessions to the middle) people will not turn out to vote.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who campaigned in 2015 for Bernie like the white, misogynist dudebro she is, stunned everyone last Tuesday, ousting the democratic incumbent being groomed to replace Nancy Pelosi. Republican observers are currently in freefall over her win and are tripping themselves up trying to mount a smear effort. They’re panicked. That’s good. Elsewhere however, the democratic machine is already doing what it does best – self-sabotage. That’s bad. The takes began late Tuesday evening and haven’t stopped flooding in since:
Some of your 2020-draft faves are pitching in:
Sen. Tammy Duckworth Warns: If Democrats Move Too Left, We Could Lose 2020 https://t.co/3etNVliTcE
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 1, 2018
Others are trying to file away the things that people who campaigned and voted for her connected with so she might be rebranded another milquetoast centrist turd by the time the midterms roll around:
"She was inspiring, galvanizing, optimistic, hopeful… There's a difference between being angry on behalf of people or at injustice, and being angry at your opponent or Donald Trump."
— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) June 29, 2018
Others are doing this:
I’m sorry for sharing a Mr. Weeks screencap, but this is art. pic.twitter.com/FtjS1Gr5ly
— Sebulba (@DudeSlater) July 2, 2018
In the spirit of moving forward with the socialist invasion, here’s a list of progressive candidates currently running in local and national primaries who need more visibility.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) June 30, 2018
I first learned about @CoriBush from this article. I was so excited when she agreed to be one of my earliest candidate interviews. Her election is next month. Why these Ferguson activists are voting for Bernie Sanders https://t.co/jcAgYmolbq # via @HuffPostPol
— Lauren Oya Olamina aka Shaper (@TheWayWithAnoa) July 2, 2018
Kerri Evelyn Harris
I'm running for U.S. Senate because too many Delawareans are getting left behind. We need single-payer health care, universal pre-k, and a $15 minimum wage now.
— Kerri Evelyn Harris (@KerriHarrisDE) June 29, 2018
I’m deeply honored to receive the endorsement of @nychange.
I’ve had the joy of organizing and advocating alongside NYCC members for years at City Hall. Now it’s time for us to bring the voices of New York’s tenants and families to Albany together.
— Julia Salazar for State Senate (@SalazarSenate18) July 2, 2018
Together, our campaigns are taking on the status quo – centrist, corporate Democrats whose entire political careers have been financed by dirty money from the real estate developers. It's time for change. pic.twitter.com/bPZc0Kl7xZ
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) July 2, 2018
51% of Americans support it. 74% of Democrats support it. We need candidates willing to say the words:
and in Michigan we’re going to do it.
— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) July 2, 2018
— Kaniela Ing (@KanielaIng) April 15, 2018
We are told that we cannot afford #Medicare4All, Tuition #FreeEducation, #LivingWage, and #Infrastructure. However, there always seems to be money for the war machine. https://t.co/4ROHM7hAal pic.twitter.com/IXZHYvhUpe
— Dorothy Gasque (@dorothy4house) July 2, 2018
In the news
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) won big in Mexico, bringing his party to power for the first time in decades. hear the world ‘populist’ and since they have short attention spans or ulterior motives or both, the first thing they think to do is label him Mexico’s Trump. There’s even the old smear effort to tie him to Putin with zero evidence rearing its head again:
You'll never guess who is behind AMLO's victory in Mexico. See if you can find a whiff of evidence for this claim (not that it's needed to just say it anyway): https://t.co/Dz4Eev2rqv
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 2, 2018
Lots of coverage today of Amlo (Andres Manual Lopez Obrador) victory in Mexico — populist platform, explicitly anti-Trump. Worth remembering that he likely received media/info ops support from Russia + Russian $$ coming through several means. /1https://t.co/wwDxd3md4r
— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) July 2, 2018
Anthony Kennedy is out at SCOTUS. The irl inspiration for the character played by Ann Down in The Handmaid’s Tale is possibly in?
The SC ruled badly in its Janus descision.
The #Janus decision is disgraceful. SCOTUS has weakened workers’ rights and further rigged the system for greedy special interests.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) June 27, 2018
Alan Dershowitz releases No More Parties in Martha’s Vineyard, lamenting getting shunned (SHUNNED!) for his views.
Over on The Leftorium:
Some sick proletariat jams while you’re here: