Progressives Are Already Passing Judgment on 2020 POTUS Picks

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Earlier this week, the progressive group MoveOn.org released results of a straw poll of its members on the 2020 potential Democratic lineup.  The outcome inspired a bit of media buzz when progressive rock star (complete with fog machine) Rep. Beto O’Rourke outpaced the entire field.

It turns out MoveOn.org isn’t the only progressive group polling its members. You can go to Democracy for America’s webpage right now and pick your top three 2020 candidates.

DFA is a progressive group originally founded by Howard Dean and is best known today for its support of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Its list, by the way, includes three people who just lost their own elections in 2018: Rep. O’Rourke, Georgia’s Stacey Abrams and Florida’s Andrew Gillum.

 

Meanwhile, the far-left group People’s Action has announced that it will be polling its members in 2019, and it is already organizing candidate forums in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire to push POTUS candidates towards progressive issues.

And liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s organization NextGen America is also powering up, both the support his now-likely candidacy and to pressure candidates to embrace far-left positions like carbon taxes and socialized medicine, as well as their insistence that Democrats must impeach President Trump.

All of these efforts motivate the base to get involved. Doing well in these early progressive polls is a good way to give your candidacy a push among primary voters. And in the Ocasio-Cortez era, attending these events is all but mandatory.

At the same time, the motivated base in turn “motivates” candidates to embrace the party’s more out-of-the-mainstream policies.  And thus far, running for president on the far Left has proven a losing strategy. President Barack Obama governed as a liberal progressive, but during the campaign he went to great lengths to avoid the label–claiming to oppose both a single-payer healthcare system and legalizing same-sex marriage, for example.

The last politician to run as a full-throated liberal on a major-party ticket was Walter Mondale (maybe) and George McGovern (definitely). They each carried one state.

One.

Interestingly, progressive candidates didn’t do particularly well in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary last September. The more moderate candidates in the high-profile races for governor and Congress won handily. It could be that New Hampshire’s Democratic voters just aren’t on the same page as their more progressive counterparts in, say, Massachusetts, California or New York.  Moderate Democrats like Joe Biden, former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) might do well there.

But with progressive “voting” starting today, and after a year’s worth of MoveOn/DFA/OFA/People’s Action organizing, by the time the FITN primary rolls around, there may not be any moderates left.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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Screwtape
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Screwtape

moveon.org. Now there’s an impartial source.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

“the party’s more out-of-the-mainstream policies”

Do you include universal health care in those policies? I only ask because Medicare For All polls at around 70% for ALL Americans, including Republicans. Even Republicans get sick, so they like that idea, too.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Sources? Also, polls without full context are BS.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

CNBC, this last summer.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Yes. CNBC is such an impartial source AND what was the context? What was the sample size, questions, location?

4 out of 5 dentists recommend X toothpaste. There’s no mention that those 4 were paid consultants.

See what I mean?

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

You asked for a source and you got it. Of course, the first thing you would do is denigrate it. See what I mean?

Screwtape
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Screwtape

So questioning a source AND asking for more details is denigrating? Hmm. Speaking of someone who labors, unquestioningly under dogma…. Santa isn’t real! Reptilians run the world and the NWO! Bigfoot is my neighbor! Feel free to question. Rational minds do these things. I can connect you with a Nigerian… Read more »

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Moron. A ‘source” is as subject to question and verification as ANY of the BS claims you spout.

See what I mean?

TOM
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TOM

I find it interesting that all of the polls that are reported about any of the political things never seem to ask my opinion. And let us not forget all the polls in 2016 that said that Hitlery would win the presidential election by a landslide.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Tom, polls and surveys are bullshit without context.
Who was asked? How many were asked? What were the questions? Etc.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

And the majority of Americans STILL want a better health care system than the crap that we have now.

TOM
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TOM

Until I turned 65 I had a great healthcare system. Then I was forced on to Medicare which won’t pay for hardly anything, only starts to pay after a high deductible, and costs me a fortune. I would jump for joy if Medicare was abolished.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Tom, those demanding “medicare for all” don’t have a single, fckuing clue what that really means.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

The majority of those here think you’re full of shit.

You do realize that many are laboring under Obozocare, don’t you?
That being the case I want my old healthcare back.
THAT was so much better AND cheaper.

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