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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:17 AM

Matt Taibbi: The Democratic establishment ignores Bernie Sanders’ success at its peril RawStory


The Democratic primary race was certainly more contentious than pundits and politicians predicted. And it’s likely the spin the Democratic Party establishment will put on Sanders’ historic campaign, which was fueled almost entirely through a grassroots coalition of supporters and small donors, will not pay enough attention to the millions of voters vying for the chance to take back the Democratic Party. But as Matt Taibi writes in the Rolling Stone, they should.

“Politicians are so used to viewing the electorate as a giant thing to be manipulated that no matter what happens at the ballot, they usually can only focus on the Washington-based characters they perceive to be pulling the strings,” Taibbi writes. “Through this lens, the uprising among Democratic voters this year wasn’t an organic expression of mass disgust, but wholly the fault of Bernie Sanders, who within the Beltway is viewed as an oddball amateur and radical who jumped the line.”

In fact, it’s in part Sanders’ “oddball amateur” status that resonates so well with voters. “There’s a longing for real authenticity in politics today,” Tad Devine, a Sanders adviser, told the Washington Post. “People feel that the candidates are too manufactured, there’s not enough spontaneity. They want someone who, even if they don’t agree with them, is telling it like they see it, really leveling with voters.”

Sanders’ campaign also ignited the youth vote in a manner that highlights Clinton’s lack of impact among the newest voters. Taibbi argues that if the Democratic establishment ignores the Sanders’ revolution—though at this point, there’s no sign that is happening—it will be at the party’s detriment.

“Voter concerns rapidly take a back seat to the daily grind of the job,” Taibbi writes, noting the process usually involves back-door deals that muddle the legislation and circumvent the will of the voters.

“This dynamic is rarely explained to the public, but voters on both sides of the aisle have lately begun guessing at the truth, and spent most of the last year letting the parties know it in the primaries,” Taibbi writes. “People are sick of being thought of as faraway annoyances who only get whatever policy scraps are left over after pols have finished servicing the donors they hang out with at Redskins games.”

Polls indicate voters increasingly feel sidelined in the Democratic Party process, particularly concerning factors like the Democrats’ superdelegates, which make voters feel like the system is designed to work around them. A May 2016 AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll revealed only 25 percent of Democratic voters feel the party is responsive to their concerns. On the Republican side, the sentiment is even more disconnected; only 12 percent of GOPers think the party is focused on ordinary voters.

A huge portion of the Democratic Party is fighting to restore faith in the process. The least party bosses can do is listen.


Elizabeth Preza http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/matt-taibbi-the-democratic-establishment-ignores-bernie-sanders-success-at-its-peril/

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Reply Matt Taibbi: The Democratic establishment ignores Bernie Sanders’ success at its peril RawStory (Original post)
kadaholo Jun 2016 OP
randome Jun 2016 #1
Surya Gayatri Jun 2016 #3
swhisper1 Jun 2016 #17
redstateblues Jun 2016 #2
randome Jun 2016 #4
tex-wyo-dem Jun 2016 #5
colsohlibgal Jun 2016 #6
lumberjack_jeff Jun 2016 #7
SFnomad Jun 2016 #8
Kentonio Jun 2016 #20
Post removed Jun 2016 #9
Betty Karlson Jun 2016 #10
Hiraeth Jun 2016 #11
Betty Karlson Jun 2016 #12
Tarc Jun 2016 #15
Betty Karlson Jun 2016 #16
AgingAmerican Jun 2016 #19
swhisper1 Jun 2016 #18
kadaholo Jun 2016 #13
MoonRiver Jun 2016 #14

Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:27 AM

1. "A huge portion of the Democratic Party..." -way to obfuscate, Matt!

 

It's right up there with "many experts say..."

And the other side of the coin is that this undefined portion couldn't be bothered to vote for Sanders.
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Response to randome (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:47 AM

3. Akin to Fox's favorite go-to source..."Some are saying yada, yada, yada."

 

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Response to randome (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:36 AM

17. oh, they tried

 

I was mysteriously changed to NPP. Now I think its a good idea

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:31 AM

2. He thinks the Democratic Party is not paying attention?

I think it's quite the opposite especially now that the primaries are over. Hillary has been pushed to the left and the whole VP pick is geared toward getting Bernie's supporters on board-or at least getting them to vote against Trump.

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Response to redstateblues (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:49 AM

4. Leave out the trash-talking from some of his supporters and it's all been good.

 


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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 11:11 AM

5. K&R

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 11:30 AM

6. Taibbi Nails It As Usual

Party bosses, the DLC types better pay attention. If they think this populist movement is one and done, that they dodged a bullet and can go back to their old DLC ways, they do so at their own peril.

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 11:34 AM

7. Excellent article. n/t

 

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 12:31 PM

8. Matt's takaway: We need to change the party to reflect what the person that came in 2nd place,

 

out of 2 people, ran on. That's not a really compelling argument.

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Response to SFnomad (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:02 AM

20. No, his argument is that when a huge chunk of the party support a very different agenda

 

It would be intelligent to cater for at least some of that agenda and not just write off a lot of your base in the expectation that they'll vote for you forever anyway.

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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 12:53 PM

10. great reach-out effort, bro.

 

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 12:56 PM

11. I love it when they browbeat and talk down. Really. A great way to win friends and

influence people.

Haven't you heard?

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Response to Hiraeth (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 04:09 PM

12. Did you hear about the TYT poll? Over 80% of Sanders' supporters may not vote for - her -

 

And her supporters seem bent on making that disaster happen.

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:15 PM

15. No one actually believes that

No one sane, anyways. The Bernie or Busters are a statistical minority, most Bernie voters will be with Hillary in the fall.

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Response to Tarc (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:33 AM

16. That's a great whistle. Please take it past the graveyard. eom

 

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Response to Tarc (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:20 AM

19. Keep telling yourself that

 

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Response to Hiraeth (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:39 AM

18. I pray that hate group closes the 16th

 

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Response to Post removed (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 05:26 PM

13. Ouch!

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Response to kadaholo (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 11, 2016, 08:06 PM

14. Huh?

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