My Big Beef with Bernie

Beyond the presidency, the Democratic Party is, by most measures, weaker than it’s been in a long time.

No surprise here: I’m a huge fan of President Obama and believe he’s going to go down as one of our great Presidents. But I have to acknowledge that the years of his presidency have been a disaster for the Democratic Party at every other level. Some of that is the result of forces well beyond his control, but it’s also the case that he has not given a ton of priority —measured in time, effort, attention — to electing Democrats up and down the ticket. To be sure, he has done his share of raising money, hitting the campaign trail, proffering endorsements, etc. — but it seems clear that leading and rebuilding the Democratic Party as an institution hasn’t been atop his to-do list.

  • More than 900 state legislative seats.
  • 12 state governorships.
  • 69 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 13 seats in the U.S. Senate.

If you care about progressive policies, you should care about the state of the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party is the only viable, national party with an ability to turn progressive ideals into policy. If you care about expanding economic opportunity, improving public schools, upgrading the nation’s infrastructure, protecting the environment, expanding affordable housing, combating discrimination, improving public safety and policing, fostering entrepreneurship and small business, protecting women’s access to health care, forging energy independence through renewables, improving transportation systems, reforming immigration, caring for veterans, etc., the Democratic Party is the essential institution, at every level of electoral politics.

Bernie Sanders is not a good bet to revitalize the Democratic Party.

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In short

Bernie Sanders might be a great president, he might be a debacle, but he absolutely will not be a president who works tirelessly to reinvigorate the Democratic Party from city council to the Senate.

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

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President/COO: Assembly OSM. Partner/co-founder: Higher Ground Labs. Venture guy: betaworks. Board: Access Now. Nerd, really. <http://andrew.mclaughl.in>