Wimpy Democrats are trying to rig the 2020 election primary already
This isn’t huge news today, but it’ll likely be a big topic of political conversation in March 2020, so let this be a warning.
The Democrats are trying to rig the 2020 primary already.
California Democrats are planning to move the California primary up from June to March.
Why does that matter?
An early California primary would “allocate California’s massive haul of delegates just after the nation’s first contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina”.
In other words, by allocating their haul of delegates early on, California would end up with, potentially, a much larger say in who ends up being the Democratic nominee.
Okay, so what?
California is the most populous US state. It is extremely difficult for candidates with less money and less name recognition to compete there — even more so if they have less time to do it in.
So, who would an early primary benefit most?
Hmm, let’s see.
Oh, I know!
It would benefit California Senator Kamala Harris — one of the Democratic Party’s current favourites to win the 2020 election. What a strange coincidence.
California Democrats claim this is all about changing the fact that California has typically been seen as somewhere to raise money — a “dumping ground for fundraising” — but hasn’t actually been very significant in choosing the nominee.
And okay, that’s part of the reason I’m sure. But the bigger motivation is glaringly obvious: Democrats want to push the candidates they don’t like (i.e. real progressives) out of the primary race as early as possible.
It’s not a foregone conclusion that the winner of the California primary becomes the nominee. Democrats tried the same trick in 2008 when Hillary won California but Barack Obama eventually became the nominee.
But they’re willing to try it again.
Well, let’s get to the crux of the problem.
Democrats are afraid of the policies that progressive support. They care far more about placating their donors and the conservative establishment than they do about what voters actually want from them.
What all this goes to show is how absolutely unbelievably bad Democrats are at learning from their mistakes. They engineered the 2016 primary in favour of their preferred candidate; a candidate who just happened to be massively disliked — and lost. They pushed aside a candidate who had massive public momentum and in all likelihood would have won the election for them.
Now they’re trying to change the game to ensure they get who they want in 2020 — again. My, what could possible go wrong?
Democrats lose elections by trying to appeal to a “middle ground” that doesn’t really exist in the way that they think it does. They shun the policies that actually energise people and waste time trying to pull in moderates and centrists.
American people on the left and right want revolutionary politics. It’s why Donald Trump won and it’s why Bernie Sanders shot to popularity in the way that he did. Basically, people are sick of the same old shit.
Trump gave his base revolution. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t and will never deliver on it in the exact way they expected. He won because he said what people wanted to hear.
Hillary, on the other hand, came out and essentially said: Now let’s everyone calm down, we can’t have everything we want. Here’s my very detailed 357-point policy plan to make America sort of mediocre again.
How exciting! How inspiring!
In a way, her approach was more honest — which is ironic given that she lies about so much else. When people are literally begging for dramatic change and you offer them the status quo — surprise, surprise, you’re not going to win.
Now, do I think Hillary or any other candidate the Democrats choose should bullshit their way into the White House by lying about what they can deliver?
No, I don’t. I think they should actually start to sincerely believe that more is possible for America. Bernie Sanders believed — and he built an army around himself from nothing because people could feel his sincerity.
Someone will jump in here and say, well Obama offered all that hopey and changey stuff and that didn’t work — and you’re right, because the entire system is rotten to the core. I don’t know if there is a candidate in the country who can get into the White House and truly make change. I don’t know if it’s possible to beat the system, even with the best intentions.
The corporate oligarchy that runs the country, the military industrial complex that sets the war agenda — I don’t know how those things will ever be overcome. But I know it won’t happen by Democrats trying to appeal to the middle ground and appease people who are fundamentally against creating a fairer society.
I don’t know how you fix a system where spending $668 billion on the military barely raises an eyebrow, but the idea of healthcare for every citizen sparks vitriolic debate.
The hilarious thing is that this move in California could all backfire.
In 2016, Bernie Sanders couldn’t close the polling gap with Hillary Clinton quickly enough. Why? Because he didn’t have the money and name recognition that she did.
If Sanders runs again in 2020, he will have more name recognition and likely more money than any of the Democrats’ preferred candidates like Kamala Harris — and he would likely win California.
If he runs, the party’s attempts to prevent lesser-known progressives from ever having a shot at the nomination will have inadvertently helped the man they screwed over in 2016.
Oh that would be a sweet irony.