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Obama’s establishment ‘theory of change’ is as wrong as ever at a time when Democrats need a progressive push

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The Democratic Party establishment is under serious pressure even after they managed to defeat US President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Although presumed president-elect Joe Biden, the party establishment’s clear favorite during this cycle, won a sound victory, it is clear the core coalition of the party may be fraying. Worse, without the pandemic Trump may well have secured a comfortable second term with an even stronger mandate. The Democratic leadership appears to be making some serious miscalculations about how to manage this situation.

The establishment had to make few concessions to their progressive base to boot Trump from the White House, and they are not poised to change this course; they understand that progressives have nowhere else to go and will always fall in line. However, the party’s emphasis on holding down the center in a constantly rightward sliding political landscape is not only bad policy, but bad politics.

Former President Barack Obama, who famously ran on the slogans of ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’, had a message for activists that reflects this establishment mindset quite well. “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘Defund the Police’ but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,”Obama told Peter Hamby on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America” program.

“And if you want to get something done........

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