I don’t agree with Bernie 100% and I have a feeling he would have had a much harder time beating Trump in 2020 than Joe Biden, but I do think he gets something about politics that the Biden administration is not. You gotta own your agenda and rally a majority of voters to it. You gotta keep it simple and you gotta be direct.
As the progressive Vermonter, not one to mince words, put it in an interview on Tuesday: “You really can’t win an election with a bumper sticker that says: ‘Well, we can’t do much, but the other side is worse.’”
“Say to the American people: ‘Look, we don’t have the votes to do it right now. We have two corporate Democrats who are not going to be with us,’” Sanders said, referring to Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
“The leadership has got to go out and say we don’t have the votes to pass anything significant right now. Sorry. You got 48 votes. And we need more to pass it. That should be the message of this campaign
I agree with Bernie. It’s time to name names. Manchin and Sinema are roadblocks to the Biden agenda, which is overwhelmingly popular with voters but is not being passed. Holding the house and electing enough senators to nuke the filibuster has to be the message to rally the base.
Biden is getting clobbered by inflation, gas prices, and his seeming inability to get anything done or dominate his party as Donald Trump dominated his. Trump has no problem supporting primary challenges to his intraparty enemies whether he is in or out of power and his base his loyal to him. I reject the cult of personality around Trump (and to a lesser extent around AOC and Bernie) and am glad Biden rejects that mode of politics, but there is also a party boss approach that worked for successful Democrats Biden seeks to emulate like FDR and LBJ. They let voters know who was threatening their agenda, they named names, and they got things done.
Biden needs to rapidly restructure his team and focus on economic issues. Move to the middle on crime and culture and move back to the populist center left on economics while keeping it simple. Go after OPEC, go after the oil companies, go after the GOP, go after the Supreme Court, and start looking like you’re fighting for ordinary Americans. Otherwise we are already seeing black and Hispanic and white working class voters abandon the Democrats and defect to the GOP or stay home.