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Bernie Sanders is out of the race, and with him goes the last chance for progressivism to take over the Democratic Party for a generation.

Now his supporters will decide what to do. Intransigent #BernieOrBusters will cast about for a third-party vote, write in Bernie or sit out the election in November. Other left-leaning voters will hope against hope that as president, Joe Biden would either pivot to the left or appoint progressive-minded Cabinet members, and maybe tap Elizabeth Warren as vice president. This would all be to run the country as he continues to fade into the dying of the light.

There is absolutely no reason to think that Biden would appoint a single progressive to his Cabinet or pick one as his vice president. Theoretically, of course, anything is possible. Biden could take up hang gliding! But Biden hasn’t made the slightest hint that he would pick a progressive for any important position.

Biden has said that he would consider a Republican as his vice president. He has promised to choose a woman. He sends signals when he wants to. And none of those signals has ever been directed toward the left wing of the Democratic Party.

After he consolidated his delegate lead on Super Tuesday, Biden received a lot of media coverage for “reaching out” to Sanders supporters. But his message was worthless pabulum: “Let me say, especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Senator Sanders: I hear you. I know what is at stake. And I know what we have to do.”

What exactly does Biden know he has to do? Nothing that progressives want. Sanders voters care about issues: “Medicare for All,” student loan forgiveness, free college tuition. Three days after his “olive branch,” he said he would veto Medicare for All if it were to somehow cross his desk as president.

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s some malarkey.

Yet many liberal voters are praying that Biden will do something to make himself palatable enough to allow them to vote for him against President Donald Trump this fall. Like the victim of an abusive alcoholic parent or spouse, they will project wallow in magical thinking and project good intentions upon a candidate who has given them no reason to think he has changed. Maybe Dad isn’t drunk tonight. Maybe Biden is secretly liberal.

Victims of abusive relationships “don’t stay for the pain,” psychologist Craig Malkin observed in 2013. “Their desperate, often palpable hope, if you sit in the room with them, is that the abuse will go away. And they tend to block out all evidence to the contrary.”


Given the history of the last four or five decades, it’s hard to describe the relationship between progressive voters and the corporate leadership of the Democratic Party as anything better than abusive. From Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, progressives have been expected to donate money and cast votes for candidates who repeatedly broke their promises to fight for the poor and working class. And as time passed, they felt so confident that they could get away with acting like jerks that they didn’t even have to bother to promise anything beyond not being Republicans — even though they often voted along with the GOP and signed their ideas into law.

2016 marked the first time progressives stood up for themselves and demanded a place at the table, in the form of Bernie Sanders. Like any typical abuser, the Democratic National Committee got angry at its victims, blaming progressives when its decision to cheat Sanders out of the nomination in favor of Hillary Clinton caused a catastrophic defeat by Donald Trump. Now it has happened again.

Though pathetic, it is not surprising to see progressives playing the role of the naive victim who begs for his abuser to come to his senses and make nice.

With Biden, there’s even more reason than usual to believe that nothing good can come out of standing by him. The man he served as vice president, Obama, elevated the use and abuse of Democratic progressives to a diabolical art. He ran on Hope and Change and ending the Iraq War, only to prolong Iraq and expand Afghanistan with the backing of a Cabinet that didn’t include a single progressive, not even a token like Bill Clinton’s labor secretary Robert Reich. Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, was conceived of by the right-wing Heritage Foundation.

If you’re figuring out whether to stay with the Democratic Party or quit it, there’s a simple way to decide: Watch Biden. If he’s serious about picking a progressive as vice president or putting some progressives into his Cabinet, he will be willing to name names and do so soon. His silence on this topic — which is likely — probably means a Vice President Kamala Harris or Amy Klobuchar, and a bunch of Goldman Sachs jerks managing the economic crisis again.

Don’t be surprised if a lot of Democrats who have been let down by “their” party vote for it again this November. Abuse survivors “suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome, one symptom of which is dissociation, which often creates such profound detachment from the reality of the abuse that sufferers scarcely remember being hurt at all,” Dr. Malkin wrote. “Dissociating victims can’t leave the abuse because they aren’t psychologically present enough to recall the pain of what happened.”

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  1. Anonymous[301] • Disclaimer says:

    At this point, it is difficult to determine what it is that progressives are actually aiming for. Since there isn’t a coherent vision beyond the usual platitudes, I’ll have to conclude that they no longer have a concrete goal as to a vision of society.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Warner
  2. The DNC is the political arm of the Deep State. It’s not going to be “taken over” by a gaggle of half baked Socialists. I myself was a liberal Democrat before the Democrats became the anti white party. Now I’m with the Deplorables.

    The working class needs work and wages. Biden will give them war and welfare. If Bernie’s people want to be Socialists they will have to find a candidate who is talking about consciousness raising, organizing, uniting the working class and the power of solidarity. If they want to be Democrats like AOC they can stop whining and vote for Biden. If they want to stick it to their enemies at the DNC they can stay home or vote with the Deplorables.

    • Agree: Delta G
    • Replies: @A123
    , @Realist
    , @Delta G
  3. Anonymous[913] • Disclaimer says:

    They’ve always lacked a coherent vision. Perhaps because there’s nary a Stalinist among them. They want “socialism” but they want their materialistic American lifestyle more.

  4. @Anonymous

    “They’ve always lacked a coherent vision”
    The delusional ravings of someone on a bad trip would probably be more “coherent” than the the political jibberings of ALL parties over the last 40 years.

  5. BuelahMan says:

    Here’s a little ditty I made to ride along with this article called ‘Joe Biden’:

  6. A123 says:

    The working class needs work and wages.

    Almost every U.S. Citizen needs work and wages.

    To rebalance citizens vs. employers, two things are necessary:

    1. Fix taxation issues that disadvantage U.S. Citizens:
    — Lower income and other employment taxes that encourage movement of taxable income (jobs) to other nations.
    — Raise tariffs to encourage local manufacturing, thus creating jobs in the U.S.

    This is a good time to act on tariffs. The WUHAN-19 pandemic shows that the U.S. is short on both raw materials production (e.g. Rare Earth element mining) and manufacturing (e.g. medical equipment and pharmaceuticals).

    2. Reduce/eliminate the availability of non-citizen labor. Both legal and illegal migration suppress wages.

    What does the DNC stand for? (1)

    ‘Squad’ members want to make illegal immigrants eligible for coronavirus aid

    On Tuesday, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) called for the next package to guarantee relief for individuals who are not in the country legally and even those who are incarcerated.

    Based on this, the DNC stands for more migrants and thus lower wages for everyone.

    PEACE 😷


  7. @Anonymous

    I miss Stalin and I’m pretty sure he died before I was born.

    The “materialistic” American lifestyle lagged the USSR’s for most Americans anyway.

    • Replies: @Jmaie
  8. Many of today’s Oppressors were yesterday’s Progressives: Don’t worry, they’ll come home eventually.

    Remember Jerry Rubin?

  9. Realist says:

    Progressives Decide: Dignity and Freedom, or Voting for Biden

    Progressives have never chosen dignity.

  10. Realist says:

    The DNC is the political arm of the Deep State.

    The DNC is a political arm of the Deep State.


    The RNC is also a political arm of the Deep State.

  11. Anon[230] • Disclaimer says:

    Bernie Sanders is out of the race, and with him goes the last chance for progressivism to take over the Democratic Party for a generation.

    Now his supporters will decide what to do.

    If polls are to believed, 15% will vote for Donald Trump, the president with the most progressive policies at least in my lifetime.

  12. TG says:

    Joe Biden: Beyond Freedom and Dignity

  13. Delta G says:

    As a Registered Democrat until Russiagate I am with the Deplorable’s and will vote for The Donald.
    If he and Attorney General Barr are not executed in some manner, the Deep State is in for some very Deep DODO!! We can only hope.

    Consider the Media Blitz aka, the Coronavirus Pandemic which is really only a fraction of the normal seasonal Influenza Pandemic that occurs annually. As more scientific results are obtained which naturally will support the fact that the virus has been in circulation in humans for years and possibly a decade or longer ( ) and the lies and BS spewed by the media and pseudo experts is laid to rest a clearer picture will come into focus. Was/Is this a Deep State Media operation to burn everything to protect the Deep State?

    Real Science, not epidemiology or statistics will ultimately prevail and determine the truth.

    Computer Models and Circle Jerks are not a replacement for Scientific Facts.

    How many years has the Coronavirus added to the Influenza Morbidity and Mortality?

    Why are some States and Nations less effected? Did they have a previous bout with a related Corona strain and already have antibodies?

    Why is their a MSM Jihad against good Medical Practice to use Choroquine or related drugs?

    Who are the F-ing clowns who think we need to hide at home for 6-18 months? Has anyone considered they could be insane?

    • Replies: @Anon
  14. Jmaie says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    The “materialistic” American lifestyle lagged the USSR’s for most Americans anyway.

    This is plain silly.

  15. Biff says:

    They want “socialism” but they want their materialistic American lifestyle more.

    I don’t know what America you live in, but cheap crap from Wal-mart to build tent cities is the new America for many. How’s that for materialistic American lifestyle.

  16. RodW says:

    What are actually saying here Ted? What should a ‘prog’ do? You should go back in your Tardis and ask your French Resistance grandpa what the proper gesture is in this historic moment.

  17. Anon[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @Delta G

    Couldn’t agree with your post more. I knew that Bernie was a Judas Goat for the DNC based on his 2016 lackluster campaigning and his feverish promotion of Hillary after he conceded but I thought Tulsi had integrity. Was I ever fooled. Turns out Tulsi is just a Judas Goat for the DNC as well. With this latest betrayal, I have vowed to never vote Democrat again.

  18. @Jmaie

    You might want to read the book “Red Plenty”

    By the 70s’s Soviet kids were living great, and it’s in the 70s that I became acquainted with real poverty and hunger here in the good old USA.

  19. Anon[230] • Disclaimer says:

    And let’s not forget the thousands of Americans who emigrated to the Soviet Union during the Great Depression before the Soviet Union was demonized after WWII.

    A good documentary about life in North Korea and about Americans who defected there is

    • LOL: Muggles
  20. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    You might want to compare the way recruits were treated in the soviet and american military respectively.

    Might be enlightening.

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