It has been another disappointing election season for progressives hoping to bring much needed change to the United States. First, they see their man Sanders get gangbanged by the establishment, as they simultaneously witness the take over of the primary by the most conservative candidate, outside of Bloomberg. Then progressives sit back and watch as Joe Biden and Democrats embrace Republicans, not just those who share a common enemy in Trump, but those who have screwed over the Democratic Party in the past.
It was bad enough when the Biden Campaign decided to give more speaking time to Republicans than progressives at the Democratic National Convention this past Summer. Now Biden is vetting these same supposed rivals for positions in his cabinet.
A few days ago, it was reported by Politico that Joe Biden’s transition team was vetting a handful of Republicans for potential Cabinet positions. Does he think it’s going to land him more right-wing votes? If so, what about the progressive voters who will stay home?
Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker. Former Sen. Jeff Flake have also been mentioned, as has former Rep. Charlie Dent who resigned from Congress a couple years ago, only to become a lobbyist.
None of these conservative Republicans share Democratic Values, let alone progressive values. None of these people will push back against corporate power, push for economic stimulus, put the brakes on the Military Industrial Complex or support any meaningful healthcare reform. These are the same people who didn’t even support Obamacare.
As someone who lives under a parliamentary democracy, I don’t understand the idea of showing a little bit of unity when taking office. Particularly when you have a majority. Trump didn’t, and I’d be shocked if future Republican Presidents don’t follow the Trump Model.
To the winner goes the spoils. Republicans understand that. Biden and his campaign don’t seem to comprehend however that you can’t unify the country before unifying your own party. There will always be losers, why should they continue to be the poor and working class in your own party?
Speaking of losers, the Margaret Thatcher wannabe Dianne Feinstein recently spat in the face of every Democrat and progressive, not to mention the spirit of RBG by praising the Barrett Hearings. Why it’s taken the people of San Francisco and California so long to see through her privileged B.S. liberal façade is beyond me.
Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. On Thursday, the Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. While Feinstein had been critical of the Barrett nomination, the senator concluded the process by first hugging Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham. The same man who, with the help of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, held up Barack Obama’s SCOTUS pick for a year. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Feinstein then hailed the rushed deliberation as “one of the best sets of hearings that I’ve participated in.”
When Feinstein was challenged in a primary in 2018, her main opponent, Kevin de León, warned that Feinstein’s “complacent, passive and muted” approach to any nomination would be “the greatest threat to our constitution and human rights in a generation.” Looks like he might have been right.
As of now, only the greatest theft in the history of human existence can prevent Biden from becoming President. If Democrats embrace Republicans on economic or foreign policy issues, or god forbid court appointments down the road, there will be another reckoning in 2024. Good luck getting the progressive wing of your party to vote if you continue to give them nothing.