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
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
Blue states like Oregon are always ones to pay attention to in regards to the progressive movement. While there is an inherent desire to improve conservative shitholes like Alabama by voting out all the right wing dipshits, it’s only natural that progressives would have a better shot in places where basic human decency is the norm. I guess it goes without saying that there are quite a few progressive challengers to talk about. In fact, there is a progressive challenger in all five of Oregon’s congressional district. But I suppose we need to talk about the Senate race first.
It is pretty safe to assume that Jeff Merkley isn’t in any real danger of losing his Senate seat this year. 2014 was a brutal year for Democrats and Merkley still won his last election by over 250,000 votes. In the middle of a blue surge, the inevitable throwaway Republican candidate will be lucky to manage more 40% this time. It is for this reason that I feel no shame in promoting a third party candidate as an alternative to Merkley. Read more
Nebraska hasn’t exactly been given much attention this election cycle. It’s not surprising that this is the case since Nebraska has an R+14 PVI rating, the same rating as Alabama for comparison sake. A Democrat has not won a US Senate seat or the Governorship even once since 2010, and Democrats have been performing worse over time. There is a senate seat up for re-election in 2020, and that seat belongs to Republican Ben Sasse.
Ben Sasse isn’t a particularly interesting Senator. He’s your typical Republican goon who has criticized Trump occasionally but votes along with him anyway. While it’s highly unlikely he will lose re-elections, there are a few signs that this race could go better than we expect. The first of these is that Ben Sasse’s approval rating has had a significant dip from the 3rd quarter of 2019 to the 4th. While it hasn’t dipped far enough to put Sasse at serious risk (Deb Fischer was in a worse position during the 2018 election and still won in a landslide), it could mean a potential opening if this trend continues and there is a good candidate to capitalize on it. Read more
Yeah, I didn’t get a Weekly Bern installment up last week. The reason for this was because I was focused on a bunch of other shit, and nothing really eventful happened. Anyway, it turns out that Bernie Sanders just dropped out of the Presidential race, meaning that creepy Joe Biden is now the nominee.
While it should be noted that Bernie is still on the ballot, he is done campaigning. This effectively means that Biden will be the nominee unless by some miracle, everyone who already favored Biden decides to vote for Bernie instead, and lord knows the normie Democrats are too complacent to vote for a candidate that has already stopped campaigning. Read more
Well, looks like I’m going to get to do a piece on Ohio after all. I briefly talked about Ohio’s progressive candidates a few weeks ago since I didn’t think I’d have the time to make a piece. Then the Corona Virus happened and the election was delayed to April 28th where it will be done entirely by mail. What is of note is that this occurred because Republican Governor Mike Dewine ordered the polling places closed in defiance of the courts, showing a surprising moment of integrity compared to the three other states that held their primaries that day. I’d give the Republicans credit, but considering that two of the other three states had Republican Governors, I don’t think it would be warranted.
Unfortunately this also makes things problematic in that mailing in votes makes things harder for new voters who don’t know how to follow absentee ballots. Unfortunately I think it’s the best we can do for now because social distancing, flatten the curve, yada yada. Read more