Remember when FDR 2.0 was gonna deliver a promised $15 minimum wage? Good times.— David Sirota (@davidsirota) June 10, 2021
I like @JakeTapper. But the thing nobody has a good answer for: Why is @BillKristol given a TV platform? He represents no mass constituency & pushed America into a war that killed a million people.— David Sirota (@davidsirota) June 11, 2021
What makes him deserving of a TV platform to comment on things? https://t.co/6aX6RhKiOy
I don’t even disagree with Matt Karp.
“The third thing to note is class de-alignment and the Democratic coalition’s removal from its New Deal–era base, or even its 2008 working-class base. The point of my article was that, leaving aside the Democratic Party’s long-term change from the party which most working-class people supported, you don’t have to talk about the difference between Biden and FDR or LBJ. You can just talk about the difference between Biden, the Biden coalition, and the Obama coalition. This difference is striking in places like Michigan, where Barack Obama rolled up massive working-class majorities among black voters in Detroit and among white workers in the old auto-industrial areas. Biden underperformed dramatically in both those groups of workers, and he compensated by winning traditionally Republican suburban managerial-class strongholds. …
The Democrats haven’t really failed. They’ve done exactly what they wanted. Chuck Schumer has made it clear a hundred times: This is the coalition that his wing of the Democratic Party wants, precisely because it affords the party a stable voting base that isn’t dependent on real economic redistribution. But it will support the piecemeal social reforms and “one step forward, two steps back” economic changes that we’ve been discussing. …
That being said, these are the artifacts of certain kinds of political struggle. And if you look at the difference between the Obama campaign and the Biden campaign, you see not just broader trends that are working against class politics, but you see the calculations of Chuck Schumer. You see the political rhetoric, the style, and the milieu of the Democratic Party from those ubiquitous “Love is Love” lawn signs — which don’t mention any material issues — to the party’s various positions on economic versus social issues. You also see the extent to which it offers direct hostility to labor, or a very soft support …”
The Democratic strategy is to court and consolidate professional managerial class voters in the suburbs by leaning hard into social liberalism and turning American politics into an endless culture war. The goal is to gradually become what used to be the old Republican Party. They’ve succeeded in adding Wall Street, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Red Dogs to their coalition.
Behold, the new FDR that is Joe Biden. What has he done with the White House and Congress? He could walk into the Oval Office and do student loan debt relief with his pen and a phone like Obama. He refuses to do that. Instead, he used his pen and phone to end the Remain in Mexico policy and blow up the border, which is his single biggest political liability. He moved with lightning speed to kill the Keystone Pipeline and to protect “trans women” in women’s sports. He has trimmed his sails on everything he promised on economics and health care – the most popular issues where he has the most support on the Right and Center – which would move the country closer toward social democracy.
As we saw yesterday, the future of the Democratic Party can be seen in Virginia which has a larger than average population of these college-educated, upper middle class suburban shitlibs. Virginia politics has devolved into toppling Confederate monuments, CRT and restricting gun rights. California and Virginia haven’t gone “socialist” under Democrat rule. NOVA has zero interest in “socialism” or social democracy. Silicon Valley isn’t anywhere close to “socialism” or social democracy either. Wealthy shitlibs rule California and Virginia and those states are being brought into line with their preferences.