- Oct 31, 2017
Nah, I'm in favor of complete public financing for elections, but until that happens, I think the idea that a rich person can't support a progressive agenda is completely against the history of the country.The last paragraph shows you fundamentally misunderstand the program. Shilling for small donations from average constituents is OK. You become accountable to them. Shilling for large donations from rich donors is not OK. You become disproportionately accountable to them.
If your premise above is true, then why are many senators in blue states center left or worse? Feinstein accurately represents the average California Democrat? Please. It's the money lebowski
No, actually, it's the incumbency and institutional support, Lewboski. Kevin DeLeon ran against Feinsteinn last cycle, was an ardent left winger, got tons of money, tons of Internet support, and at the end of the day, in the general, Feinsteinn rolled over him, with the strongest support for the leftist challenger to DeLeon coming from...Republicans.
All actual polling of non-voters show they're only a tick to the left of the voting population, but also, the vast vast majority of them are either completely apathetic or completely turned off to politics for reasons far beyond a leftist campaign would be able to do. There is no secret cadre of socialists waiting for the revolution, but otherwise, not getting involved in politics/This is a pretty good understanding of politics as they are, and the vast majority of Leftists do not deny any of this. Where it fails is that most Leftists wish to take the gamble of flaking off the loosely-attached center-right moderates and trying to activate the 50+% of the country that DOESN’T vote by making politics look less like a minor rearrangement of furniture and genuinely offering a transformative path forward.
The acceptance of non-voters as forever non-voting is, I think, one of the more frustrating and probably insuperable divides.
Also, I'm going to note that the only candidate in 2016 to actually turn out large numbers of former non-voters wasn't Bernie, since ya' know, the 2016 Democratic Primary had lower turnout than the 2008 primary that involved neoliberal sellout corporate shill Barack Obama, but Donald Trump, who turned out new voters in the primary and general election, who were enthused about his open racism and sexism.
Well, if by "minorities", you mean "leftist minorities who support the same things you do," not say, former civil rights heroes who were attacked as neoliberal shills for daring to endorse Hillary and in the most terrible crime of all, not remembering Saint Bernard of Vermont marching for civil rights, ya' know, before he went off to a commune in 99% white Vermont to not work til he was 40.