Disarray in the Sanders' machine

  • 24 May 2018
  • jwoodie
Disarray in the Sanders’ machine

The progressive group “Our Revolution” was supposed to storm the Democratic primaries this year, pushing establishment Democrats out of the way and electing progressives in their places.

The ultimate aim is creating an invincible political machine that would hand the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to Bernie Sanders.

Yeah, about that whole “revolution” thing…it looks like it’s already falling apart:

…an extensive review of the Sanders-inspired group depicts an organization in disarray — operating primarily as a promotional vehicle for its leader and sometimes even snubbing candidates aligned with Sanders. Our Revolution has shown no ability to tip a major Democratic election in its favor — despite possessing Sanders’ email list, the envy of the Democratic Party — and can claim no major wins in 2018 as its own.

The result has left many Sanders supporters disillusioned, feeling that the group that was supposed to harness the senator's grass-roots movement is failing in its mission. The problems have also fueled doubts about Sanders’ organizational ability heading into 2020, even after his out-of-nowhere near-march to the nomination two years ago. Critics of the Vermont independent had been worried he’d have a juggernaut-in-waiting to fuel a second presidential campaign, but that anxiety has faded after watching Our Revolution the past year and a half.

There’s much more at the link, including tales of self-dealing, infighting, and the usual clashing of egos and agendas.

It all makes for rather amusing reading, particularly as progressives genuinely thought 2018 was there year to take over the Democratic Party and, eventually, power in Washington, D.C.

They will be fortunate to limp out of the primaries with a few scattered victories…and an ocean of ill will.