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Question Brand New Congress: the Tea Party of the left? - 05-07-2016, 01:17 PM

https://brandnewcongress.org/

Some Bernie Sanders activists have a plan to get congress. Some are calling it the "Tea Party of the left". It has 3 main points:

1. Beating Gerrymandering by trying to win republican primaries in republican-gerrymandered districts. This makes sense, since congressional primaries are the only actual elections for congress. Nobody has figured out how to gerrymander primaries. (I do have some ideas though, email me if interested)

2. Using people with no political experience.

3. Making sure these candidates "Agree completely on a unified economic, social justice, and climate change platform."

My thoughts:

1. telling your supporters to become republicans is smart, and when republicans retaliate by joining the democratic party, all that will do is further undermine gerrymandering. Check and mate....If they can pull it off. Which they can't.

2. Using inexperienced people worked for the tea party, for the same reason that using inexperienced people works for the Taliban - destruction is a low-skill job. The Tea Party Republicans took inspiration from the Taliban for a reason. When all you're doing is obstructing and stopping stuff from getting done, you don't need experience.

But let's say you need brain surgery. Do you say "Oh no, don't call a brain surgery insider, call an outsider, call a politician!" Do you want your head cut up by someone who "In general, have never held or sought [a doctor's license]". There's a reason Ben Carson's campaign didn't go anywhere, and it's not all about the discomforting thought of him with women drugged into unconsciousness, Bill Cosby-style.

3. Really, you're going to get everyone to agree on the same platform, whether they live in coal-hill country or the water-feature-rich New Atlantis, formerly known as New Orleans?

Either your platform will make half your candidates unelectable, or it will be so watered down as to be pointless.

Or you could go single-issue and focus on, say, the things Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders agree on....Only to have pretty much every democrat scream "what about meeee!" Or rather, "what about the pet victims that I've appointed myself the savior of!" Then you have to choose between being the racist Berniebro, or you'll be trying to convince Alabama Republican primary voters to choose Gomez Hussien Wong, a quadsexual fruititarian wiccan who majored in Klingon poetry.
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