People often wonder why I'm a "centrist," but the truth is I'm the opposite of that. My beliefs are so far left that Bernie Sanders would be a Tea Party member, but it's not about what I want. It's about my children. I once told, @John Hummel
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, and many others everything I do politically, and otherwise, is for my children. I want them to have universal healthcare (the real version), climate change legislation with teeth, and heavily regulated and protected markets before I die.
I have a certain amount of money which isn't insignificant, but I don't hang out with Bill and Melinda either. That money is used in politics to get to where we need to be to pass huge legislation. I've spent the last 20 years learning politics from the inside, and what's happening now isn't new. There have been thrusts to extremes before, and all that's changed is where the line is.
We were making great progress on single-payer, but predictably we're now seeing that erode, likely for awhile. Why? Willful ignorance. In politics when you push extremist candidates (relative to the majority) and extreme policy you get a predictable result. At first people will love the wild ideas, even the centrists. This is especially true when an unpopular person from the opposing party, who is also an extremist, occupies the White House. People start seeing ideas that oppose his as better than they normally would, at least until they don't. The harder you push for extreme candidates and policy the faster they realize their error.
Medicare for all is now showing weakness in terms of support. People now favor the option where they get to keep their insurance and choose to opt into the government plan by a wide margin. That makes the government option worthless. The worst part is that republicans will hijack this and then use it to crush Medicare for All once Pelosi is gone (we don't have anyone strong enough to stop them).
"Support for a national health plan, or Medicare-for-all, appears to have narrowed somewhat in recent months. This month’s poll finds about half the public (51%) favors a national Medicare-for-all plan while 47% are opposed. This is the narrowest gap between those who favor and oppose such a plan measured in KFF polls since 2017, and represents a 5-percentage point drop in the share in favor and an 8-percentage point increase in the share opposed since April."
"By contrast, support for a so-called “public option” plan in which a government-administered plan would compete with private health insurance appears to be inching up. Since July, there has been an 8-percentage point increase in the share in favor of such a plan, from 65% to 73%."
"Large majorities of Democrats continue to favor both Medicare-for-all (71%) and a public option (85%). While a Medicare-for-all proposal is less popular among independents (50%) and Republicans (28%), majorities in both groups favor a public option that would compete with private health insurance plans (73% of independents and 58% of Republicans)."
That 71% is as soft as ice cream in Hell.Only 42% of democrats strongly support single-payer. That number is horrible.
Whatever momentum the democrats think they have right now is being pissed away by people who believe "The Squad" is an actual thing. It's not. It's a bunch of immature adult children that need to grow up and start governing responsibly while staying off Twitter for five minutes. They, and their politically ignorant band of followers, supporters, and sycophants are costing us in a real sense.
No matter how many times you prove to these people they're wrong (sounds like someone else's supporters) they just keep charging ahead with calls for "impeach NOW" and and "elect an octogenarian who just had a fucking heart attack" (that's silly for a lot of reasons) or my favorite "I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL AOC CAN RUN FOR PRESIDENT.' That last one is the most complete batshit thing I keep hearing. We would be much better off electing one of my cats or dogs, because at least they can't talk and get us in trouble.
Like it or not coming to middle a little bit is the only reasonable answer. If Sanders got elected literally not one piece of meaningful legislation will pass. Not one. That's four more years my children go without making one bit of progress. Same is true for Warren. They are both worthless in terms of policy as president. Bernie Sanders is an amazing man, and Elizabeth Warren a remarkable woman, but neither can be president if we want our government to work.
If you're one of the people I described I'm all out of fucks to give about you and your destructive dreams. You, like Trump, need to wake up and focus on reality. You're costing (my) children their ability to control their own destiny by your ridiculous notions that what you or I want matters. It doesn't. What matters is getting the government working again, and that's what you should want BTW. We need moderates and independents to win and pass legislation. That means we need a non-extreme candidate. Incremental progress is all that's available.
Notice, I didn't say we can't have a candidate with a progressive agenda. I simply said we need one who can pass that agenda, and that means working with both parties. Sanders and Warren cannot. It violates their identity, which is 75% hating republicans (less for Bernie but still high).
That's reality. Period.