Rumblings on the Democratic Left?

A strong challenge may be building in the Democratic Party to the corporate interests that have dominated the Party during the Clinton and Obama administrations. MoveOn.org has polled its membership regarding a Presidential run by Senator Elizabeth Warren, and, not too surprisingly, a large majority was enthusiastic about such run. On a more practical level, Senator Warren is sharpening her opposition to the White House nomination of a Lazard Freres partner to a high position in the Treasury Department, pointing out that it is a conspicuous example of the revolving door between Wall Street and government. In the meantime, Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders is casting loving eyes on Iowa’s Democrats and has issued a sharp-edged statement that could serve as a national platform.

All such movements toward a left revolt in the Party are positive and should be welcomed by Social Democrats. At our recent convention, we determined to work toward a social democratic platform for the Democratic Party in 2016. As important as such work is, the nature of our national political process is that a flesh and blood candidate is the best communicator of programs. In Senators Warren and Sanders we have articulate, principled
prospective candidates who understand the real problems of the American people.

At the least, a left candidacy would force Senator Hillary Clinton to forsake the mush-mouthed rhetoric that she would otherwise favor and that brought defeat to so many Democratic candidates in the last election.

3 thoughts on “Rumblings on the Democratic Left?

  1. I was surprised by Howard Dean’s early endorsement of Hillary. He has been, and continues to be, a leader in the progressive wing of the party. The Clintons put him in the corner while they were moving the Party to Wall Street. Hillary will pander sufficiently to social democrats to get the nomination, then will abandon those positions in the general election. This is an oft repeated strategy and could very well work for her. My guess is that Hillary has promised Howard something, maybe even the VP slot.

    • I don’t know what Howard Dean is doing but I received an e-mail this morning from Democracy for America (an organization close to him, I think) that was polling members about drafting Warren, as MoveOn is doing. I don’t think Warren will run, but all this activity may create a ready-made movement for Bernie Sanders. The old double- cross is hard to avoid, but an active, critical left may help keep a candidate’s feet to the fire.

  2. I have said for a long long time we need to have a viable Independant in the WH and a lot of them in our legislature. Sanders/Warren or the other way around could be a unbeatable team that would serve this country well

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