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The Democrats’ foolish family feud


With the current infighting of the GOP one would think the DEM would be sitting back, relaxing and watching soap operas, but nope this the DEM and they’ve got their own power hungry feud going on. Who would think that both Parties would be eating their own at the same time? Sounds like a good time to start the “none of the above” campaign for 2018 Midterms as both Parties are really ineffective in their current positions – PB/TK 

The Democrats’ foolish family feud – By David Farris / Aug 9 2017


The Democratic Party is tearing itself apart, with the forever war between the leftist Bernie Sanders and centrist Hillary Clinton wings of the party erupting once again into open think-piece warfare over the last week. Bodies are strewn everywhere from The New Republic to The Washington Monthly. Left-on-left Twitter looks like Day 110 of The Battle of the Somme.

But while the struggle for the party’s ideological soul is important, it is a massive distraction from the critical work of containing the menace of the Trump administration. Messy internecine fighting is also unnecessary. Democrats are being pulled inexorably to the left by broader trends in American politics and society, and if the two camps don’t realize, soon, that they desperately need each other to gain and then effectively wield power, they may both lose.

The Democratic Party is a large, diverse coalition — what political scientists refer to as a “catch-all party.” Otto Kirchheimer, the political scientist who coined the term in an influential 1966 paper, said that “a party large enough to get a majority has to be so catch-all that it cannot have a unique ideological program.” Such organizations may adjust their platforms and positions to appeal to the largest number of voters and therefore gain power. Infighting between the various power centers in the party is therefore not a temporary, regrettable outcome of the 2016 primary, but rather a built-in feature of our politics. There will always be factions. There will be no signing ceremony where the staff of Jacobin surrenders to the staff of The American Prospect. Every candidate who is not literally an activist plucked directly from the trenches is going to have a vote that causes consternation in some corner of the Democratic big tent. Everyone in Congress has taken money from someone. Comb through the voting history of your preferred hero, and I guarantee that you will realize your fave is problematic.

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