[Marxism] Sanders's "turnout" strategy not working

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Tue Feb 25 08:38:27 MST 2020

Michael Meeropol is dealing with a different issue. Yes, many voters even
including former Republican voters, loathe and want to defeat Trump. That
was proven in the 2018 elections, which had a record turnout for a midterm
election. But that vote went to middle-of-the-road Democrats. Of the 41
seats that were "flipped", every single one went to such Democrats. There
were a few seats that were considered winnable for Democrats in which a
Sanders-type candidate ran. Those seats weren't flipped. And so far, the
traditionally non-voting youth have not turned out to vote for Sanders in
any large numbers.

This doesn't necessarily mean that it will be the same this November, or
even later in the primary season. It's possible that if the Berniemobile
gathers momentum, this will inspire this layer of traditional non-voters.
The point is that it has not done so until this point.

Of course, if Sanders is the nominee we will see an avalanche of
red-baiting, as well as attacks on Medicare for all. The point is that this
could very well have an affect on the middle-of-the-road voters who flipped
those 41 seats in 2018, and unless there is a new layer of radicalized
youth who turn out, the result of a Sanders-led Democratic ticket could be
very dire... as could the exact opposite.

The leadership of the Democratic Party who are certain that Sanders will
lead them to disaster are lost in the wilderness. But so are those who are
certain that Sanders would handily defeat Trump. My point is that we simply
don't know, not any more than those meteorologists who try to predict the
track of a hurricane.

John Reimann

On Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 6:41 AM Michael Meeropol <mameerop at gmail.com> wrote:

> This whole focus on turnout in the primaries ignores one major fact ---
> MANY democrats DON'T CARE who is nominated --- they want to beat Trump and
> will come out to vote against him.   How else to explain the record
> turnouts in 2018?
> The most important thing we can do is to counter the rising tide of
> anti-Sanders red-baiting.  I was unfortunate enough to be stuck in an
> automobile dealer's waiting room while my car was serviced.  As in too many
> public places, the TV was turned to Trump-TV (alias Fox) --- and the were
> going on and on about Bernie supporting Castro and Venezuela and how
> horrible those countries are ---
> That's Trump's playbook and it is worth fighting against ---
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