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Jacobin writes on August 27, 2020

"For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”

Since he made it four years ago, Chuck Schumer’s failed prophecy has become perhaps the most infamous summation of liberal hubris during the Trump era. Uttered with a confidence so ironclad it extended to particular states and voter proportions, the Democratic senator’s pronouncement would fall flat come election day: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio all fell to Donald Trump, as did Michigan, a longtime Democratic stronghold. Even deep blue Minnesota nearly turned red thanks to the very suburban voters in whom Schumer and Hillary Clinton had placed their faith.

Though Clinton did manage to win some more affluent suburban counties, the gains proved nowhere near adequate to offset her losses elsewhere. It was, quite simply, a calculated gamble that pivoting towards a traditionally right-leaning constituency would yield electoral success — and it delivered the presidency to the former host of TV’s The Apprentice."

Corporate controlled centrist Democrats are leading the party to ruin, again. Ignoring Progressive Independents for Bush Republicans. Just 15 years ago Democrats portrayed W Bush in the same terms and verbiage they do Trump today. Ever since Bill Clinton's administration the Democrats have moved steadily to the conservative center, and now to the right.

On August 20, 2020 Democracy Now writes:

“In the midst of a pandemic, nearly 100 million Americans do not have sufficient health insurance. And even good insurance does not cover essential needs like long-term care,” Barkan said. “Our loved ones are dying in unsafe nursing homes, our nurses are overwhelmed and unprotected, and our essential workers are treated as dispensable. In the richest country in history…we do not guarantee this most basic human right. Everyone living in America should get the healthcare they need, regardless of employment status or ability to pay.”

Ady Barkan advocated for Medicare-for-All without naming it, though he usually does, perhaps since Joe Biden has vowed to veto any Medicare-for-All bill that reaches his desk if he becomes president. Shortly after Barkan’s address aired, he tweeted, “We need to elect Joe Biden to take the next step towards Medicare For All. After November 4th? We’re going to put a bill on his desk.”

Will the Democratic Party spurn the demands of its younger and increasingly diverse progressive wing? They will try to.

This week, the Democratic National Committee quietly dropped its pledge to eliminate subsidies and tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry, saying it appeared in this year’s draft platform “in error”–despite appearing in the 2016 platform and being supported by both Biden and his running mate, Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

Then, the Biden campaign denounced respected Palestinian-American Muslim organizer Linda Sarsour, after she appeared on a livestream of a Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly side-event to the DNC. Sarsour has publicly fought against racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and antisemitism. She also supports the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights. A Biden spokesperson said Biden “obviously condemns her views and opposes BDS.”

Ady Barkan fired back on Twitter in solidarity: “I say this as a Jew and an Israeli citizen…the Biden campaign issued a vile and dishonest statement against my beloved sister Linda Sarsour, a fierce advocate for justice and freedom, and a leading antiracist and organizer against antisemitism. The Biden campaign must retract and apologize.”

Recent polling is showing the Biden campaign got little poll bump from naming Kamala Harris as VP candidate, or their convention, which was heavy on syrupy political platitude but threadbare on policies that invigorate an electorate.
It's almost like they're not really trying.