DSA continues to rack up wins
It's become trendy online to declare that there is no difference between Mainstream Democrats/Republicans, The Squad, Christian Fundamentalists, Bernie Sanders, Libertarians, etc.
And if that is your position, then good for you.
It's not mine.
Despite this growing online consensus, the Democratic Socialists of America continues to gain in popularity.
In 2015 their membership was less than 12,000. Now it's 92,000.
In 2015 they held 20 elected offices, all of them local. 36 DSA members won office in the 2020 election alone.
There's four DSA members in the House. Eight in upper state houses. 32 in lower state houses.
I don't know how many at local levels.
The DSA has raised the bar twice in 2021.
First they did it in Nevada.
All Nevada Democratic Party staff members have quit after every seat was lost in a recent internal election to Democratic Socialists of America candidates, according to a report by The Intercept.
The article describes the newly elected slate as a “coalition of progressive candidates backed by the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America,” who swept all five posts in the Party. When Judith Whitmer and her socialist coalition won the Nevada Democratic Party election on March 6, they received an email from former Executive Director, Alana Mounce, announcing the resignation of herself and each staff member and consultant of the Nevada Democratic Party, effective immediately.
Which is exactly how you'd expect people to react when there is no significant difference between progressive and mainstream Democrats, amirite? This is all perfectly normal for when nothing would change.
She was quitting. So was every other employee. And so were all the consultants. And the staff would be taking severance checks with them, thank you very much.
... The establishment had prepared for the loss, having recently moved $450,000 out of the party’s coffers and into the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s account.
The DSA raised the bar again today in Buffalo NY.
A socialist candidate is poised to defeat Buffalo's four-term Democratic mayor after scoring a major upset in the city's mayoral primary on Tuesday.
India Walton, 39, led incumbent Mayor Byron Brown 52% to 45% as of Wednesday morning, putting her on track to make history as the city's first female mayor, the first black female mayor, and the first socialist mayor to hold office in a major U.S. city since the 1960s.
I love the look on her face. Something about it strikes me as both mischievous and authentic.
I know a lot of you think that all of this means absolutely nothing, and there is nothing I can say that will change your mind. So I won't try.
But there IS something going on here. That is not something that can be denied.