Buh bye Bernie!
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
The Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee adopted a new rule on Friday that would prevent outsiders like Bernie Sanders from seeking the party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential race. The move seems to be the latest salvo in the ongoing jockeying over the party’s future that emerged following the at times bitter primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Sanders in 2016.
The new rule would force candidates in Democratic presidential primaries to state that they are Democrats, accept the party’s nomination if they win the 2020 primary and to “run and serve” as a member.
“At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat,” the rule says. “Each candidate pursuing the Democratic nomination shall affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee that they: A. are a member of the Democratic Party; B. will accept the Democratic nomination; and C. will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.”
The rule seems like a clear response to Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate but has steadfastly maintained his status as an independent. Sanders ran to the left of Clinton and identifies himself as a “democratic socialist.”
I have had nothing but disdain for third party candidates since the Ralph Nader debacle back in 2000. And as far as I’m concerned Sanders was running as a third party candidate on the Democratic ticket.
Whether we like it or not, we are currently a two-party political system and if a positive change is going to come it is going to come from within that framework.
I think as Democrats we should totally push for a more progressive platform at every opportunity, but we also have to remember that if we push too hard we end sliding several feet back from our goal when a conservative administration takes power.
We are right now seeing the Republicans working their fingers to the bone in order to dismantle Obamacare and keep in mind that it was THEIR fucking health care plan right up until Obama put his name to it.
Democrats have to keep in mind that we are playing the long game here, and not get distracted by the next bright and shiny socialist who wants to play in our sandbox.