With Beto O’Rourke as Lightning Rod, Corporate Democrats Aim to Stifle Criticism
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by Norman Solomon
Well-informed public discussion is a major hazard for Democratic Party elites now eager to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the 2020 presidential nomination. A clear focus on key issues can bring to light the big political differences between Sanders and the party’s corporate-friendly candidates. One way to muddy the waters is to condemn people for pointing out facts that make those candidates look bad.
National polling shows that the U.S. public strongly favors bold policy proposals that Sanders has been championing for a long time. On issues ranging from climate change to Medicare for All to tuition-free public college to Wall Street power, the party’s base has been moving leftward, largely propelled by an upsurge of engagement from progressive young people. This momentum is a threat to the forces accustomed to dominating the Democratic Party.
In recent weeks, Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke has become a lightning rod in a gathering political storm — largely because of the vast hype about him from mass media and Democratic power brokers. At such times, when spin goes into overdrive, we need incisive factual information. Investigative journalist David Sirota provided it in a deeply researched Dec. 20 article, which The Guardian published under the headline “Beto O’Rourke Frequently Voted for Republican Legislation, Analysis Reveals.”
Originating from the nonprofit Capital & Main news organization, the piece reported that “even as O’Rourke represented one of the most solidly Democratic congressional districts in the United States, he has frequently voted against the majority of House Democrats in support of Republican bills and Trump administration priorities.”
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December 27, 2018 at 12:09 PM #5476sonofspy777Participant
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Color me shocked.
When presented with a choice between a fake and a real Democrat…
(the real Democrat wins EVERY TIME!)
…and everyone lived happily ever after. The End.
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
December 27, 2018 at 12:13 PM #5478djean111Participant
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slot. Trumpeting that hey, Booker/Biden/Harris/corpoDem is not as bad as Beto, so of course throw us your progressive votes!!!!! Nope. Not belonging to the party any more is so clarifying.
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