Pro-Sanders group rebranding into ‘pragmatic progressives’

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    • #437658
      Stockholmer
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      https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-climate-change-election-2020-campaign-2016-3c6a4d7b4ff078f5eced9e389ac0f644

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Stinging from the disappointment of Bernie Sanders’ loss in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, supporters pumped millions into the powerful advocacy group Our Revolution to keep the progressive fight alive and prepare for another swing at the White House. But after another defeat in 2020, the 79-year-old Vermont senator is unlikely to run for president a third time. And the organization centered on his fiery brand of politics is undergoing a rebranding.

      Rather than insisting on “Medicare for All” — Sanders’ trademark universal, government-funded health care plan — or the climate-change-fighting Green New Deal, Our Revolution is focusing on the more modest alternatives endorsed by President Joe Biden. Those include expanding eligibility for the existing Medicare program and curtailing federal subsidies for fossil fuel companies.

      The shift reflects a progressive movement that is at a crossroads. Biden won the Democratic nomination last year by offering more centrist alternatives to much of Sanders’ agenda. Since then, progressive candidates have faced a series of electoral disappointments and are contending with anxiety from moderate Democrats worried that the party’s leftward shift could cost them control of Congress during next year’s midterm elections. And, for the first time since 2016, Sanders is no longer the undisputed leader of the left. “Coming out of Bernie’s 2016 campaign, in some ways the organization was probably more of a bridge organization between the two electoral cycles,”

      Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution’s executive director, said in an interview. “What we’re trying to build is something that is longer term” and “part of the overall ecosystem of the progressive movement.” “I think we are rooted in a bold, progressive vision, but we’re also pragmatic progressives,” Geevarghese said. Sanders, who now heads the powerful Senate budget committee, can’t legally work with outside political groups like Our Revolution. But many of his top allies have been closely aligned with the group since its August 2016 founding.

       

    • #437660
      djean111
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      Pragmatic means “assume the position”.   That “bold, progressive vision” has been suborned.  Another unsubscribe.

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    • #437662
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Well, that’s that. Whenever an American politician or a spokesman for a political movement says they are being pragmatic, that movement’s followers should immediately stop all donations and emotional attachments to that movement, for it will do nothing but sell them out to whatever powers-that-be to which it is nominally opposed.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      GZeusH
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      …piss in a glass and tell your supporters that it’s lemonade.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

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      • #437669
        Ohio Barbarian
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        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #437672
      Pam2
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      Just change the name to “Our Sellouts”.

       

    • #437677
      Populist Prole
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      Oh FFS

      Biden won the Democratic nomination last year by offering more centrist alternatives to much of Sanders’ agenda“.

      Bullshit

      “…moderate Democrats worried that the party’s leftward shift could cost them control of Congress during next year’s midterm elections.

      Major bullshit, and a self-serving canard from the corporatists.

    • #437688
      kelly
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      helping rigged Democratic primary thefts since well before 2016.

    • #437694
      leftcoast mountains
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      My sentiments exactly.

      vote for nobody

    • #437698
      NV Wino
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      No M4A? Well, that’s the pragmatic thing to do at this time… or any other time. 🤬

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    • #437724
      snot
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      Still sending $ to Nina.

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

    • #437747
      ZimInSeattle
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      So sick of this weak ass shit.

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

    • #437827
      Babel 17
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      Just gotta give Her a call.

      They’re negotiating from weakness, and sound like they’d ultimately accept little more than rhetoric in exchange for their support.

       

    • #437908
      Sorbish
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      and the national corporate media runs with it. This isn’t new, but very long-standing.

      They can’t beat Progressives with popular ideas, and their tarnished as ‘centrists’ who believe the Rahmian mantra that winning is everything, even if it means being a conservative.

      I see this as just another of their word-game attempts to bamboozle the base and shoe-horn themselves into better light in the public mind. Their motto is if we can’t beat them, we’ll infringe on the hard earned progressive identity and push progressive candidates away from the cameras and microphones. Fox and MSNBC will shower us with their BS.

      Anyone who paid attention in the run-up to 2016 knows how abusive the ‘pragmatists’ were to actual progressive sentiments and the progressive agenda.

      History doesn't repeat. We just make the same old mistakes in new contexts.

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