Well, it looks like all the primaries are over. Now all that remains is the General Election, and holy shit, there a lot riding on this one. I’m sure more than enough has been said about how we need to kick Donald Trump out of the White House and back to Hell where he belongs. I’ve been debating back and forth whether or not to dedicate an entire piece to shit show that is the Trump Administration, but it seems like literally every human being with a conscience has beaten me to that. Plus I’d need to talk about Joe Biden, who is kind of a terrible person as well, but most of you probably already know that to.
It’s quite difficult to get people excited about a race where both candidates are absolutely abysmal, and after how hard the Bernie campaign got screwed, many people are starting to say “fuck it all” and refusing to support either party. To those people, there IS still a silver lining; Nancy Pelosi has a leftist challenger.
The Florida Primary was a bit of a standstill for progressives. The biggest disappointment was that Debbie Wasserman Schultz won re-election with a 44 point lead against progressive candidate Jen Perelman, despite the fact that the former was in trouble for physically assaulting a minor just a few days before the primary. On the plus side, we did see some noteworthy primary victories in red districts. Alan Cohn managed an 8 point lead against conservative Democrat Adam Hattersley in a race the previously looked like it was going to be much closer, Pam Keith won her primary by almost 60 points, and Cindy Banyai managed a surprising upset against her district’s 2018 nominee David Holden.
On top of this, Monique Worrell won the nomination to be Orange-Osceola State Attorney, Eliseo Santana won the nomination for Pinellas County Sherif, and Chad Albritton and Jack Porter have both won City Commissioner positions. Even when we under perform, we still win some. Read more
Holy shit guys, things are starting to get real! I’m currently writing this on August 10th, and we have had a shit ton of victories for progressives during the past week. August 4th had primaries in five states, all of which had progressive victories. Then we had progressive victories in Tennessee on the 6th, and in Hawaii on the 8th. And tomorrow (as of the time this is being written), there will likely be at least few more. I’d like to take the time to cover exactly what happened in each state. Read more
After a break from my the usual schedule, I have come to the conclusion that I’m going to change the name of this series to something that more accurately sums up what it was supposed to do. Not to mention that “The Weekly Bern” makes it sound like it’s directly associated with Bernie himself, which this series is not. It is going to use the same font though, in honor of everything he’s done for us. Because let’s be honest, he’s going to be WAY too old to run again in 2024, so his chances of being President again are practically non-existent, and he will need to pass the torch to another candidate that hopefully is able to primary Joe Biden.
But that’s not for another four years. Instead, we need to focus on winning as many down ballot races as possible, and we have a whole bunch of primaries coming up next month. But let’s start by recapping the last few primaries that I missed on my break. Read more
Welp, today (as in the June 30th 2020 when this was being written) was a fucking mess. We wake up to see that Charles Booker lost by a slim margin to Amy McGrath, and later on we see that Frackenlooper has a 20 point lead over Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s Senate race. This is a feeling all too familiar to those of us that got our hopes up that the DNC wouldn’t fuck us over again in the Presidential race, but these races are yet another painful reminder of how much the odds are stacked in the establishment’s favor.
That being said, the fact that Charles Booker gained this much momentum in a state as red as Kentucky despite being dwarfed in fundraising by Amy McGrath shows how much of an impact we are making, and that this could happen again. The only problem is that most people don’t even know these progressives exist until someone like Bernie Sanders or AOC endorses them, and it makes things all the more frustrating that they didn’t endorse Andrew Romanoff in a race that could have pushed him over the edge and won. Read more
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Weekly Bern and NO MORE ELIOT ENGEL, FUCK YEAH MOTHERFUCKERS!!!! So yeah, you’ve probably heard by now about the enormous victories in the New York Primary. Not only did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win re-election in a landslide against her Wall Street pandering opponent, which will undoubtedly lead to a lot of conservative tears when they find out that AOC survived re-election and President Pussygrabber didn’t… she won in a landslide! This of course came as no surprise to anyone except for the aforementioned right wing goons and detached Wall Street oligarchs, but it feels so good to give those fuckers a taste of their own medicine. Read more
As predicted, we did in fact see some more progressive victories in the June 9th primaries, and most of them were in West Virginia. While Stephen Smith did not manage the nomination, several West Virginia Can’t Wait candidates still have, including Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin. While Paula Jean’s nomination is a pretty big victory in and of itself when compared to the defeats of Erica Smith and Kimberly Graham earlier this year, it should be noted that she was not the only West Virginia Can’t Wait candidate to win her primary.
All three of three House nominees not only are part of the West Virginia Can’t Wait movement, but have each signed on to the People’s Platform, a collection of 30+ progressive plans and policy positions, some of which include the legalization of cannabis, a freedom dividend, and publicly funded college tuition. This is in addition to three State Senate candidates and 11 State Assembly candidates that have also advanced to their respective general elections. Read more
The June 6th Primaries went significantly better than I expected. I’m not going to say that they were excellent or anything given that, as with the past few primaries, a lot of progressive challengers got squashed. Kimberly Graham and Mckayla Wilkes both performed way below expectations, and the only major winners in congressional races, with exception of Teresa Legar Fernandez, were those running unoppossed or for the nomination in red states where all the odds are stacked against them in the general.
But there are some good things to come out of this recent election, the one that you’ve most likely heard of being that insane bigoted scumbag Steve King lost his primary. While the current Republican nominee for his district is only a slight improvement over King and will undoubtedly vote the same way, it means that we have one less wannabe fascist in DC, and simply being rid of him will mean a lot. That being said, it now means that it’s going to be harder for progressive Democrat J.D. Scholten to flip this seat, but if his fundraising numbers are any indication, it may not be impossible. Read more
Just to preemptively shut down any “this weekly series hasn’t had an update in over a month” comments, read the Pink Tsunami pieces I posted since then. Those are you updates. Those pieces take a lot of work and I have my limitations. Hell I was suffering some pretty heavy burnout from those alone and was worried I’d have to can The Weekly Bern. While I may not be able to get a piece out every week, The Whenever the Hell I Feel Like It Bern just doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.
And speaking of Bern out, I think we need to talk about the man himself. Recently he started kneecapping his delegates by telling them they can’t say mean no-no words about corporate Democrats. Some revolution this is, ain’t it? While Bernie has played an important roll in this mass movement, it does not change the fact that we don’t need him in order to get what we want. Read more
If one has not noticed, there is a downside to the Pink Tsunami pieces in that it is difficult to get them out as quickly as the states have their elections. Even though this is my 8th piece, I am skipping a few states that have progressive candidates of their own simply because it is not feasible for me to get out a piece in time. Among those that will likely have had their respective congressional primaries by the time you read this include Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, California, North Carolina, Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, and Oregon.
At the very least, I plan to cover California at a later time and talk specifically about the general election, if only because we finally have a leftist challenger to Nancy Pelosi with a fraction of a chance against her. Depending on the circumstances, I may cover North Carolina, Mississippi, and Idaho in a similar way, but for now I want to make sure there is time to read about the primary candidates in some crucial states. Read more